Has Dr. Spector or Dr. Migdal just given you a beautiful new set of dental implants? If you had previously been living with missing teeth, you may be tempted to start chowing down on your favorite foods, but be careful! While your dental implants are designed to be as strong and durable as your natural teeth, your mouth will be sensitive immediately after the surgery. The last thing that you want to do is harm your brand new implants.
Today, Dr. Andrew Spector is here with some post-op diet tips to help ensure that your new dental implants remain healthy and in place.
What To Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
While your jaw and mouth are healing, we highly recommend avoiding hard or chewy foods, as they may disrupt your implants. Additionally, avoid drinking from a straw, as the vacuum effect that happens in your mouth can damage the surgical site. But there are still plenty of great food and drinks that you can enjoy without causing harm to your new implants.
We recommend melting hard cheeses like cheddar before you eat them, but there are plenty that are naturally soft enough for your healing implants to handle. Brie, manchego and cream cheese are all suitable to enjoy almost immediately after surgery. Plus, cheese is packed with calcium and healthy fats that can help strengthen your bones and tissue, quickening the healing process.
A popular option among recovery patients, yogurt is naturally creamy and soft, so it won’t cause any harm to your healing implants. Like cheese, yogurt is full of calcium and other strengthening vitamins to promote overall bodily health, which will aid your new implants. Plus, yogurt is available in many flavors and varieties, so you can try out different types to mix up your diet.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and are soft enough to enjoy while your implants are healing. Because the protein level is so high, eggs are filling and satiating. They can also be prepared in a wide variety of ways and can be combined with other foods, so you won’t get tired of them as quickly as you might with less versatile options.
We recommend steering clear of extremely hot foods after dental implant surgery, but warm and cool soups tend to be the most popular post-op meal choice. There are hundreds of soup varieties readily available, allowing patients to enjoy different flavors and textures to keep their diets interesting. Soup is also filling and can be packed with nutrients, benefitting the body’s healing process.
Looking for something hearty and warm in the morning? Oatmeal, oat bran and cream of wheat are soft enough to keep your mouth out of harm’s way. Add cinnamon, berries or even peanut butter to fill yourself up a nutrient-dense meal that won’t disrupt your healing implants.
Schedule A Consultation With Drs. Spector and Migdal
Deciding to pursue dental implant surgery is exciting. It is the first step toward attaining that picture-perfect smile that you have always dreamed of. Drs. Spector and Migdal are here to help you through the process from start to finish. If you have questions or want to know if dental implant surgery is right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation today.