Some patients may think that they can immediately eat their favorite foods after having their implants placed, but unfortunately this is not the case. After the surgery, your surgical site is sensitive and healing, so it’s best to stick to softer foods in order to ensure that your implant heals correctly. Take a look at the food items listed below, and let us know if you have any questions about how to best care for your implants during this healing period.
Cheese and yogurt are two delicious and popular dairy products that are soft enough to eat with newly placed implants. Cheese is nutritious, and yogurt can come in a variety of flavors for you to choose from.
When someone feels sick, the best meal they reach for is a warm bowl of soup or stew. This is the same for patients who have had dental implants placed, as the warmth is soothing, but also quite harmless to the surgical site.
Keep in mind, however, that big chunks of meat or hard vegetables in the soups should be cut into smaller pieces or softened another way. This is just to prevent you from disturbing the surgical site.
Eggs are a wonderful, versatile food. They can be made in a number of ways: scrambled, sunny-side up, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, deviled, and more. They’re a perfect choice for any meal, so we recommend that you keep a stash of fresh eggs on hand.
Similar to how versatile eggs are, potatoes are equal in versatility. Potatoes can be softened, baked, and so much more. They’re just as nutritious as eggs, and are easy to chew for your tender surgical site. Potatoes would make a great complement to your meal, or even as a healthy breakfast.
If dessert is what you crave, ice cream would be a good choice. However, we also believe that flavored Jello is another great choice. It requires little to no chewing to finish, and can be made comfortably at home in a variety of flavors.
What To Avoid
There are two things you should avoid during mealtimes, in order to ensure a healthy dental implant process.
- Extremely hot food: Burning temperatures can be painful on your implant site, as the site can be sensitive. Make sure that the food items you cook, like the ones mentioned above, are at a comfortable temperature for eating.
- Drinking straws: It’s VERY important that you not drink through a straw. The vacuum, sucking motion could dislodge vital blood clots that are healing the dental implant site.
Ask Dr. Ang About Safe Foods to Eat
Curious about what other foods are safe to eat? It’s vital that you be careful with your choice of meals after your implant surgery, so schedule an appointment with Dr. Ang. During your consultation, he can let you know about what’s safe for your surgical site, follow-up checks on your dental implants, and can clarify any questions you have.