Has Dr. Grubb just given you some stunning new dental implants? Because they have all the strength and durability of natural teeth, you might feel that you’re ready to dig into your favorite foods, but that isn’t exactly the case.
The weeks following your surgery are crucial to the healing process. Your new implants are undergoing osseointegration, meaning that they’re fusing to your jawbone to fully integrate themselves with your mouth. Serious disturbances caused by chewing hard foods can potentially dislodge the implant, which is why it’s important to stick to a soft, nutrient-rich diet.
Here are some suggestions to help you while you heal:
Immediately after your dental implant surgery, your teeth and jaw need some time to recover. Sticking to liquids and extremely soft foods are ideal. Make sure that you do not use a straw! The
vacuum effect that happens in your mouth when you use a straw can cause excess strain, delaying the healing process.
As your mouth heals and your new implants fully integrate with your mouth, you will slowly be able to reintroduce more solids into your diet. There are plenty of delicious, filling options for you to explore while your diet transitions back to normal. Remember, try to opt for food high in nutrients and protein to quicken the healing process.
Avoid chewing gum, crunchy and chewy items as well as food with small particles like rice that can get stuck in the surgical site. Stay away from hot foods and liquids, and avoid tough items like steak and jerky. The healing process is different for everyone, so you and Dr. Grubb will determine when you can begin introducing new foods into your diet. Take care of your new dental implant like you would take care of your natural teeth—with regular dental visits, a healthy diet, and regular brushing and flossing.
If you have been suffering from missing or damaged teeth, you don’t have to wait one day longer to regain the beautiful and confident smile that you’ve always dreamed of having. Dr. Grubb and the staff at Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry can restore your teeth with natural-looking dental implants. Call our office in Havre de Grace, MD today to schedule a consultation and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy and strong smile.