Anytime you have surgery – perhaps especially any time you have oral surgery – it’s a good idea to ask about what you can eat afterwards. Your diet is almost certainly going to have to change after most any surgery, at least for a little while. The question “What can you eat after dental implants?” does not, however, necessarily imply that you want to know what you can eat immediately after surgery. As such, this post will be divided into two sections – what you can eat after surgery, and what you can eat with dental implants:
What You Can Eat After Surgery
Immediately after oral surgery, including surgery for implants, there are few things you should and shouldn’t eat – you need to give your mouth a break. The diet you’re going to follow for the first couple of days will be mostly liquid. You might be tempted to use a straw. Don’t. Using a straw can create negative pressure in your mouth, which can cause problems in and around the area where your teeth were implanted.
You’ll want to focus on foods that are easy to eat (that’s why liquids are your friends) and relatively energy-dense. There are a lot of dairy products that are helpful here – milkshakes (no straws!), cottage cheese, yogurt and the like. For vegan-friendly options, choose very smooth soups, refried beans, mashed potatoes, and other smooth and tasty foods.
On around day 3, you can start eating foods that are a bit more solid, but still quite soft. Think about foods like eggs, be they soft-boiled or scrambled. You can also opt for soft pasta dishes like macaroni – avoid long noodles to avoid the temptation to slurp. You can also try tofu – just don’t go for the extra firm! Any kind of very soft, easy to chew foods can be good; avoid foods that are tough or crunchy, and avoid spicy and acidic foods. Within about a week of your surgery, you should be fine to resume your regular eating routine. Your dentist will give you more instructions for post-surgical care – you won’t have to remember everything detailed here.
What You Can Eat With Implants
Here’s the great news. Once you’re completely healed up from your implant surgery, you’ll be able to enjoy all the foods you used to. One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they mimic the feel and function of regular teeth extraordinarily well. The steps to care for them are the same as regular teeth, and the kinds of food you can eat are the same, too. Once they’re in and you’re fully healed, it’s like having new teeth.
Now, not every person needs dental implants; often, minor problems from cavities to root canals will only require a filling. In these cases, there’s no sense going for implants. Whether you’re looking for dental implants or a porcelain crown in Winnipeg, we’ve got you covered.