In the days after implant surgery, discomfort and swelling are normal. While this will subside after a few days, eating post surgery can always be tough on new implant patients. However, missing out on meals can leave you cranky and might even prolong the healing process. With this in mind, our St. Charles implant dentist has built a list of dos and don’ts to keep your stomach full while you recover from your surgery.
Eat nourishing foods: Getting three square meals a day is especially important in the days following implant surgery. Start with liquids or pureed foods in the first 24 hours or so following treatment. In addition to drinking plenty of water, try switching things up with a nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothie.
Go Soft: In the first few days after surgery, hard, sticky, or chewy foods are going to be extremely difficult to eat. As your jaw muscles may also be extremely sore or tight, chances are that you’ll be sensitive to biting and chewing. Rather than put yourself through the pain, stick to soft foods like applesauce, steamed vegetables, and broth. If you’re looking for a protein boost, tofu, beans, and eggs are great, healthy, and easy-to-chew sources of protein.
Acidic Foods & Drinks: Tomato or citrus based foods or drinks are highly acidic and can cause pain if consumed too soon after oral surgery. Spicy foods can also irritate the surgical site, making the first few days after surgery more uncomfortable than they need to be.
Straws and Smoking: Any sucking motion can dislodge blood clots forming near the surgical site, extending your recovery. Because the blood clot helps protect the healing wound from infection, accidental removal can also leaving your healing implant site vulnerable to failure.
Hot Foods: While a warm bowl of soup can be comforting, we recommend waiting several days before attempting to consume hot foods or drinks. As your mouth will be numb for up to a full day after surgery, trying hot food items can put you at serious risk of burning your mouth and damaging the healing site.
After every meal, be sure to thoroughly rinse your mouth with the prescribed antibiotic mouthwash provided by Dr. Bram – this will help maintain healthy healing in the critical hours after surgery. After you’ve rinsed, don’t eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes.
Dental implants are designed to provide you with a future of beautiful smiles. However, getting to that beautiful smile means closely following your implant dentist’s instructions for post surgery care. If you ever have any questions about recovering from dental implant surgery, call Dr. Bram or schedule a consultation with our implant dentist at any of our locations in Chicago, Elgin, and St. Charles.