Updated: Jul 10
Unquestionably, one of the most important benefits of having dental implants is enjoying all your favorite foods with absolutely no pain. In fact, dental implants are the only long-term solution that allows you to eat, speak, and smile the same way as if you had a full set of natural teeth.
Dental implants can provide you with the chewing strength to enjoy your favorite meals once they have healed and fused with your jawbone. However, it's critical to stick to a soft dental implant recovery diet in the weeks following the treatment.
After your dental implant placement, your teeth and jaw will be very delicate and need to recover. About an hour after your dental implant surgery, you can take out the gauze sponges placed on the surgery site and proceed to eat something. Since we have seen a lot of doubts and concerns from our patients, we would like to share some guidelines you have to consider after your surgery:
During the first 24-48 hours, it is recommended you stick to a cool liquid diet, which means:
Consume only cool liquids, avoid any hot foods or beverages,
Do not drink from a water bottle or through a straw that requires suction since this could put pressure on your dental implant,
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or smoking for at least a few days after surgery.
Foods you can eat after dental implants surgery
Some days after your dental implant surgery, try only to eat cold foods that are packed with nutrients and do not require any chewing:
Cold soups. They are essential right after the surgery, but you can still enjoy cold soups like gazpacho for the coming days.
Smoothies. Smoothies do not require any chewing, so they are ideal for the next days after your surgery. Besides, they are nutritious, filling, and easy to pack with important vitamins to restore energy.
Applesauce. Instead of biting an apple, you can think about making applesauce that includes all the same nutrients as the apple itself.
Other cool liquid foods. You can also enjoy different liquids foods such as fruit juices and nectars, pudding, milk, and milkshakes.
What to Eat in the Weeks After Implant Surgery: Soft-Food Diet
We suggest you follow a soft-food diet during the first three months of dental implant healing. Your gums will be healing during this time, and dental implants will integrate with the jawbone. Hard foods should not be eaten as you might be wearing a temporary prosthesis, which is not made for chewing crunchy or hard foods.
At this time, you should opt for meals that are rich in important nutrients and protein to speed up your recovery. Some of the highlighted foods that are easy to chew include:
Eggs and omelets. Besides being a soft food, eggs are filled with protein. You can easily mix them to make an omelet with thinly chopped vegetables for a well-balanced meal.
Milk, yogurt, and cheese. Dairy products aid in healing thanks to the lots of calcium and protein they contain. Also, these products are necessary to keep your teeth strong.
Potatoes. Following a soft-food diet can be hard because you lack variety, but potatoes have a soft texture and can be prepared in different ways, which makes them a magnificent choice for the weeks following your surgery.
Fish, chicken, and ground beef. After the first week, you slowly can start to reintroduce meat into your diet. Try to choose softer options, such as fish, chicken, and ground beef. Remember to chop them finely and add them to pasta or salads.
Other soft foods. Feel free to enjoy the benefits of soft fruits like bananas or peaches. You can also eat steamed vegetables, soft bread, pasta, oatmeal, etc.
Foods you should avoid after dental implant surgery
To prevent damaging your new implant and speeding up your healing, do not eat the following foods for the first couple of weeks after the surgery:
Crunchy foods, such as popcorn or chips
Chewy foods, such as bagels
Sticky foods, such as taffy and caramel
Acidic foods, such as oranges and tomatoes
Spicy foods, such as hot peppers
Very hot foods and drinks, such as soup or coffee
If you are looking for a partner you can trust for your same-day implants, we highly recommend you get to know more about Dr. Miguel Asenjo. Miguel is a master of neuromuscular and robotics dentistry. He has a Master's in complex oral rehabilitation and robotics dentistry. Likewise, Asenjo is the pioneer in Same Day Permanent Teeth in the Dominican Republic with IHDE one-piece dental implants and G-Cam Graphene.
In Miguel Asenjo's one-visit dentistry, we care about your overall dental health, and we work overnight to ensure you obtain a healthy, beautiful, and sustainable smile. Please do not hesitate to contact us; we are here to assist you. Your journey to a healthy and beautiful smile begins here!
All the best,
Dr. Miguel Asenjo Master in Complex Oral Rehabilitation and Robotics Dentistry Asenjo One Visit Dentistry www.asenjoonevisitdentistry.com +1-809-383-2410