Dental implants are a welcome and permanent solution for many people with tooth loss today. They restore the form and function of natural teeth better than any other tooth-replacement option out there. To ensure their success, proper post-surgery care is essential, and that includes the food you eat. This may mean you will have to modify your diet for some time. This article considers dietary guidelines to follow to aid in faster healing.
After surgery, your jaw will be sensitive for at least 24 to 48 hours, so you don´t want to eat anything that´s going to aggravate the discomfort you may be feeling. This is where you have to take the utmost care. Therefore you can eat:
A few days after dental implant surgery, you can start introducing more solid foods into your diet. Do so gradually to avoid irritating your gums and the implant site. Good foods to introduce include:
Here are a few more soft food options you can eat following dental implant surgery:
Avoid eating the following foods for 1 to 2 weeks after dental surgery to prevent damaging your implants and setting your treatment back.
Most dental implant patients return to their normal diet about two to three weeks after surgery. The time depends entirely on how quickly the jaws and gums heal. However, even during this stage, it´s better to stick to a soft food diet and slowly introduce more solid foods.
Some activities, such as smoking, can delay the healing process. Therefore, if you´re a smoker, try to avoid smoking during the healing period.
Once your mouth and gum have fully recovered, you will not have any dietary restrictions. You will be able to eat and drink just as you do with your natural teeth.
Some people worry that food will get trapped under their dental implants. If they have been properly placed, this will not happen. That´s because there is no space for food to slip past implant screws in your jawbone. However, if the implants have been poorly placed, they may drift, letting food into the gum line. All the more reason to be sure you have qualified and experienced dental surgeons who perform implant surgery, such as the team at Chesterfield Dentistry.
Your post-implant recovery period can take you on a culinary adventure while your mouth and jaw heal. It´s an ideal time to try out those new recipes for stews, soups and other meals that have been on the back burner for a while. When your diet is restricted, you might as well make the most of the situation. Never skip food. Your body will still need plenty of nutrients, especially while your mouth is healing.
If you´re considering dental implants and have some questions about the process and the recovery period, please talk to the team at Chesterfield Dentistry.
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