One of the questions clients commonly ask while preparing for dental implant surgery is, “What should I eat after my procedure?” In a nutshell (definitely not these), for the first few days your best bet is to rely on soft foods that can be eaten at room temperature or above. Here are some excellent dietary tips compliments of One Healthy Lifestyle:
What to Expect Right after Your Implant Procedure
It is normal to have a lot of questions when you are about to go in for your dental surgery. One of the most common questions is, “What about eating after dental surgery?” Here is an outline of the typical recommendations given to patients who are just healing from dental surgery. These recommendations may be followed between each phase of the procedure as needed.
- You can have liquids — room temperature or warmed (but not hot) is best because your gum line will be sensitive.
- It is best to eat soft foods at first and for up to two weeks until you feel no discomfort while chewing.
- Be sure not to eat any foods you think might be too irritating to your healing gums and jaw — such as citrus or very spicy foods. See more at One Healthy Lifestyle
Filling Soft Food Options
Shake up your diet during the healing process and experiment with some fresh, tasty smoothies. Juice, almond milk, yogurt and fresh or frozen berries provide a healthy base to deliver lots of vitamins and minerals that will aid the healing process. Check out this article for more helpful suggestions:
DIET: Eat any nourishing food that can be taken with comfort. Avoid extremely hot foods. Do not use a straw for the first few days after surgery. It is sometimes advisable, but not absolutely required, to confine the first days intake to liquids or pureed foods (soups, puddings, yogurt, milk shakes, etc.) Avoid chewing food until tongue sensation has returned. It is best to avoid foods like rice, nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., which may get lodged in the surgical areas. Over the next several days you may gradually progress to solid foods. It is important not to skip meals! If you take nourishment regularly you will feel better, gain strength, have less discomfort and heal faster. If you are a diabetic, maintain your normal eating habits or follow instructions given by your doctor. More details at Oral Facial Surgeon
Make Your Grocery List Ahead of Time
Harrell Dental Implant Center is committed to ensuring an exceptional patient experience from start to finish. Your aftercare routine plays a significant role in your comfort and healing. We encourage our patients to plan ahead and gather their fresh groceries for smoothies and soups prior to the day of implantation. Having these items on hand when you’re back at home makes it easy to throw some fruits, yogurt and smooth nut butters into a blender for a quick and easy dinner smoothie. If you’re not the smoothie type, make a batch of your favorite cold soup ahead of time and freeze it. Offered below, courtesy of Coates Family Dental, is a recipe for a hearty and delicious, easy-to-eat homemade soup that’s sure to satisfy.
The day of your surgery and for the first 24 hours following, it’s a good idea to give your teeth a bit of a break. For this reason, cold soups, smoothies, jello/puddings, and cold drinks should be your main dietary intake. And remember, refrain from using a straw, because the sucking action can cause excess strain, move the newly formed blood clot, and delay your ultimate recovery.
Apple and Potato Soup
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 2 leeks (white part). sliced
- 5 cups tart apples e.g. Granny Smith peeled, cored, and chopped
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream, or half and half
- 2 tsp. Calvados (or apple brandy)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- salt and white pepper, to taste
- 2 apples, peeled, cored, diced, for garnish
- 2 tbsp. butter, for garnish
In a large saucepan. melt the butter. Sauté the leeks over medium heat, covered, for three to four minutes. Toss in the apples and cook, uncovered, for about five minutes, coating them well with the butter. Pour in the stock, add the potatoes, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. When the apples and potatoes are soft, puree the mixture in a blender — solids first — until smooth. Return the puree to the saucepan, and slowly stir in the cream, Calvados, and cinnamon. Season to taste. In a separate pan, sauté the diced apple in two tablespoons of butter until soft, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain on a paper towel until ready to serve. Refrigerate if you are going to serve cold, in which case you will want to over-season a bit. When ready to serve, top the soup with the diced apple garnish.
Now that you have a better understanding of your post-implant experience, it’s time to call Harrell Dental Implant Center and schedule your free consultation appointment. This is your opportunity to learn more about the procedure options and get detailed answers to any questions or concerns you may have.