The first few weeks after surgery are crucial to the health of your dental implant. This is when osseointegration, the process of your implant fusing with your jawbone, occurs. At this point, major disturbances such as chewing hard foods can still dislodge the implant and ruin your treatment. That’s why we recommend a diet of soft, nutrient-rich foods after implant surgery.
Explore our guide to help you make smart eating decisions while your dental implant heals.
When you first leave our office, your teeth and jaw will need some time to recover. For these first 24 hours after surgery, we recommend sticking to liquids and very soft foods that don’t require chewing. Some of your options include:
When you’re drinking liquids, it’s extremely important that you don’t use a straw. The suction effect of using a straw can strain your implant and interfere with the healing process.
As your mouth continues to heal, you’ll be able to slowly reintroduce solid foods into your diet. Try to choose foods that are rich in protein and nutrients to speed up your recovery. Some good choices include:
There are several other foods you can enjoy after implant surgery in addition to the ones listed above. If you’re running out of ideas for soft foods, ask Dr. Grubb or a member of our team for recommendations.
After Dr. Grubb places your implants, it’s important to avoid the following foods for at least a few weeks:
If you have one or more missing teeth, Dr. Grubb can restore your smile with natural-looking dental implants. Our implants are custom-made to blend in with your smile and they can last a lifetime with proper care. Contact our office in Havre de Grace today and schedule a consultation — it’s your first step to a healthy and beautiful smile.