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How To Eat Well After A Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant surgery aims to improve the quality of life for the implant recipient. Implant dentistry aims to restore smiles but also to provide a chance for each individual to lead a healthier and happier life with their new teeth. However, like any form of surgery, patients are advised to make some temporary changes to their lifestyle and diet for speedier and better recovery. Read on to find out how you can still eat well with the dietary restrictions and recover in style.

Avoid These After Implant Surgery

The first two weeks are the golden recovery period after the procedure and avoiding these items in this list will not delay your recovery process. Some items include:

  • Ice cubes
  • Apples
  • Steaks or any other meats that require extensive chewing
  • Crusty breads such as French bread
  • Corn chips

Sugary, alcoholic or acidic beverages should be avoided too and do note that using a straw may create a problem known as “dry socket”. It is best to avoid excessively chilled or hot drinks during the first two weeks as it may cause complications and discomfort.

Go For These After Implant Surgery

The best comfort food after any procedures are soups and porridge. However, there are other soft food that are easy on the stomach and allows easy digestion. Some examples that you can enjoy after your implant includes:

  • Oatmeal
  • Yoghurt
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soups
  • Soft breads
  • Protein drinks with no added sugar

Some variations could be done to the food list above to spice your meal up. You may include fruits or any other items in the list avoid for the first two weeks of recovery. Generally, avoid sweetened drinks or any that are excessively hot or chilled.

Food To Avoid For Long Term

Please note that you do not have any dietary restrictions after the recovery is completed. However, for the benefit of your implants and overall health, it will be advisable to avoid the following items:

  • Alcoholic beverages as most forms of alcohol includes a high amount of sugar and carbs.
  • Beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine as these beverages might stain your implants as well as the other healthy teeth, especially when consumed in large quantitiest
  • Food items that are high in sugar. We all need a break occasionally, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a sweet indulgence. However, traditional desserts are high in sugar content and can promote the spread of decay causing bacteria throughout our mouth.
What Should We Eat Then?

As we all know, a healthy diet includes an adequate amount of complex carbs, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fats, protein and minerals so below is a compilation of food that are rich in the above mentioned nutrients.

  • Fresh, uncooked vegetables
  • Fresh, unprocessed fruits
  • Cooked beans
  • Lean cuts of meat
  • Whole grained bread

Food items are ingested through our mouth and it is important to mind what we eat. Visit your friendly consultant from Guerrino Dentistry who will advise you on the post-implant tips.