With an oral surgery like receiving a dental implant, it’s advised that you wait to eat shortly after the procedure and choose to consume certain types of foods to ensure your healing process is as expected.
Here’s when and what you can eat right after a dental implant surgery:
First and foremost, you can pretty much start eating right after the surgery is completed; however, because you’ll feel a tired from the general or local anesthesia you were given, you may decide to eat a little later.
You cannot, however, consume whatever you want at this point forward. However, there’s no need to wait to eat unless recommended by your surgeon.
You’ll likely be hungry after the procedure considering you had to fast for about six hours or so before going in for surgery.
Resort to eating softer foods and liquids such as scrambled eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese and other very soft cheeses, soups, sugarless fruit or vegetable juices or smoothies, oatmeal, cream of wheat, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, soft breads, and other softer foods that won’t be harmful to your swollen and painful mouth.
Resorting to eating softer foods will ensure your mouth can properly heal and reduce the amount of pain you’ll experience from the fresh procedure.
Anywhere from 10 to 14 days or so (depending on how quickly you end up healing), you’ll want to resort to this softer diet.
The first few days especially, you may even want to consume just liquids and liquid meal replacements such as soups, protein drinks, smoothies, and juices.
A non-chew diet for these first few days is ideal, even perhaps later into recovery if pain is preventing you from eating more solid foods. However, opting for a pain medication or over-the-counter pain reliever can be helpful.
Especially avoid foods that are crunchy, hard, or very chewy. This can cause more discomfort and a longer healing time for your procedure. It can also cause trauma with the area of the surgery. It’s important that you’re especially careful with the area.
It’s also important to note that you cannot and should not drink through a straw during the first few days or so after your dental implant surgery.
Doing so can cause more pain and bleeding in addition to a dry socket. A dry socket is when a blood clot is ejected from the area that is healing, which can cause pain and a longer healing process. Instead, sip directly from the glass.
After you heal from the procedure in a few weeks or so, it’s safe to eat whatever you want and continue sipping through a straw, that is, as long as the healing dental implant has greatly improved and has not faced further difficulties through recovery.
With your new dental implant or implants (after recovery), you can be ensured that you can eat just as you had before you underwent surgery as implants are very strong and sturdy devices in your mouth, acting just as any other rooted tooth.
Don’t be afraid to consume harder or crunchier foods from this point forward.