Post-Surgery Dietary Restrictions

created by Rohan, Dental-Pedia Staff Writer

One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is the return to complete normalcy and functionality. Dental implants allow you to eat and drink whatever you want, including steaks and other hard foods. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to worry about your artificial teeth slipping out, sliding off, or causing embarrassment. However, you must follow some dietary restrictions for the first few weeks after the surgery to avoid implant failure.

This article provides a timeline of your dietary restrictions on the days and weeks after the dental implant surgery.

Up to 48 Hours Post-Op

You can start eating about an hour after your dental implant surgery. You can remove the antiseptic gauze from your mouth and start eating, but your diet should be extremely controlled and within the surgeon’s guidelines. Generally speaking, you should only cool liquid foods, such as yogurt and milk, for the first 48 hours. You should also avoid using straws or anything that creates a suction force in your mouth.

Examples:

  • Smoothies

  • Applesauce

  • Cold soups

  • Yogurt

Up to 1 Week Post-Op

After the first 48 hours, you can start eating warm and solid foods, especially those rich in protein. You should consume protein- and nutrition-rich foods because they repair your tissues faster, improve healing, and fight off infections, reducing the risk of complications. You can generally add protein to your soft diet with peanut butter, eggs, mashed avocados, and protein smoothies. You can also ask your dental surgeon for dietary recommendations.

Examples:

  • Everything from the first 48 hours

  • Mashed avocados

  • Coffee and tea

  • Cottage cheese

  • Fruit juices

  • Jell-O

  • Milkshakes

  • Puddings

Up to 1 Month Post-Op

After the first week, you can gradually introduce meats and sold foods into your diet. You can also start having vegetables, fruits, and meats, though you should still be careful. If you eat meat, you can start with softer meats, such as chicken, fish, and finely-ground beef. You should still avoid hard fruits, like apples and raw vegetables. While you can have soft fruits, you should avoid those with seeds, such as raspberries and strawberries.

Examples:

  • Everything from the first 1 week

  • Soft and seedless fruits (bananas, mangos, pears, etc.)

  • Steamed vegetables

  • Broiled fish

  • Chicken stew

  • Finely-ground beef

  • Tofu

  • Waffles

  • Pancakes

  • Soft loaves of bread

  • Spaghetti

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Oatmeal

Foods to Avoid Completely

After the first month, you can gradually start enjoying most of your normal meals and foods, but you still have some dietary restrictions. You should avoid extremely hard and tough foods for at least 3 months after the surgery, giving your jawbone and gums sufficient time to heal completely. After you have healed entirely, you can eat whatever you want.

Examples:

  • Chips

  • Corn-on-the-cob

  • Granola bars

  • Hard candy

  • Gum

  • Raw vegetables

  • Hard fruits

  • Steaming hot foods


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