Nutritional Factors Influence Your Dental Implant Healing

Harrell Dental Implant Center, the Charlotte, NC implant leader, wants your dental implant experience to be smooth from start to finish. So, remember that the follow-up healing period is vital to your overall success. This study of how pre- and post-operative nutrition can affect your smile is worth reading:

Low intakes of vitamin C and low serum vitamin C are associated with greater clinical attachment loss in adults. Moreover, a high intake of vitamin C, at a level that meets or is in excess of the current dietary recommended intakes for vitamin C in North America, is associated with a decrease in periodontal disease progression. A few studies have reported the effects of other dietary components or foods with potential antioxidant activity such as β-carotene, Lycopene, and green tea and its extract. In a prospective study, those consuming the greatest amounts of β-carotene in their diet were associated with a 27% reduction in the risk of periodontal disease progression. Reductions in bleeding, gingival indices and plaque indices were recorded in healthy patients showing signs of gingivitis after taking 8 mg of Lycopene daily for two weeks compared to those who took the placebo. Green tea demonstrated similarly positive results. There was an inverse relationship between green tea intake and probing depth, clinical attachment loss, and bleeding on probing. This may have been due to the inhibition of periodontal pathogenic growth and production of virulence factors by green tea polyphenols as shown by in vitro studies. Chewing on eight pieces of candy with green tea extract daily resulted in improved sulcus bleeding and proximal plaque indices from week one to week three, while these values worsened for those who received placebo. See more at NCBI


Avoid Hot Liquids After Oral Surgery

While it is essential to stay well hydrated, Dr. Robert Harrell and the caring crew at HDIC remind clients not to have any hot beverages post op. Room temperature water is the absolute best and you can eventually enjoy some tasty natural fruit juices rich in vitamins. Read more:

Drink approximately 8 cups of fluid per day. Start drinking nutritious fluids such as juices, milk and milkshakes as soon as you are able to. Drink water too. Avoid using a straw, drink normally out of a glass. Avoid hot liquids like coffee and tea–let them cool first before drinking. Hot fluids increase the flow of blood and your wound can start to bleed again.

Consume more dark green and orange vegetables, and more servings of vegetables than fruits. Suggested foods include applesauce stewed or canned fruit or smoothies. Try soups, containing lower levels of sodium, made with lots of veggies. This should be well cooked or pureed, but not served very hot. Sweet potatoes, mashed vegetables such as carrots, turnip or other root vegetables are both filling and nutritious. Broccoli cooked until soft and served with melted cheese adds variety and allows you to incorporate a serving from the milk and alternatives group.

Avoid alcohol and tobacco as much as possible during the healing period of two weeks as both are known to delay the healing process. You may wish to take a multivitamin supplement as it may promote healing. See more at Oral Health Group

Boosting Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C fights infection, aids in collagen and tissue formation and tastes delicious! There are a multitude of foods and beverages full of this fantastic antioxidant. Some clients prepare for their dental implant surgery and begin supplementation a few weeks or months prior to their appointment. Vitamin C is water-soluble so your body will flush out excess amounts as opposed to storing it. Brightly colored fruits and veggies are a delicious choice and there are many yummy chewable vitamin C vitamins on the market you may wish to explore before surgery. Always check with your family doctor prior to starting any new supplement routine. Review these excellent nutritional factors from

Getting plenty of vitamin C is one way oral surgery patients can ensure timely recovery. Patients who neglect nutrition might be tacking extra days onto their recovery time, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

Deficiencies of vitamin C have been shown to significantly slow the healing process. AGD spokesperson Ludi Leibson, DDS, says he sometimes gives oral surgery patients high doses of vitamin C and multi-vitamin supplements before surgery.

A patient’s diet is crucial because adequate and appropriate vitamins, minerals, fats and protein are essential for the growth and regeneration of normal tissues.

“You’re going to delay the healing process and increase the possibility of infection if you’re not getting the proper nutrients,” says Dr. Leibson.

Nutrients function individually as well as cooperatively in the healing process. The energy needed for tissue maintenance and repair is supplied by carbohydrates, fat and protein. Along with vitamin C, vitamins A, E, B, K and D are all integral to the healing process and a speedier recovery time. For example, vitamin A significantly contributes to healing by reducing the inflammatory period of tissue repair. See more at Know Your Teeth

No other form of tooth replacement will give you back the look and function of your missing teeth like dental implants. They restore your smile, give you stability for chewing and speaking and keep your jawbone healthy. If you have one or more missing teeth or no teeth at all, dental implants are the answer you have been waiting for. To learn more, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Harrell at Harrell Dental Implant Center.

Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.