Dental implants are the only long-term solution that allows you to eat, speak, and smile just like you would with a natural, full set of teeth. One of the major benefits of dental implants is being able to eat all your favorite foods with zero pain. But in order to get to that exciting stage of your dental implant journey, it’s important to follow our post-procedure food guidelines.
It’s our goal to aid your dental implant success with a comfortable and speedy recovery. Continue reading to learn what can you eat after dental implant surgery and which foods our oral surgeons recommend after dental implant surgery.
Can I Eat Immediately After Dental Implant Surgery ?
About an hour after dental implant surgery, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat.
24-48 Hours Post-Op: Cool Liquid Diet
Here are some general guidelines on what you can and cannot consume immediately following your dental implant procedure:
- For the first 24 to 48 hours, consume only cool liquids.
- Avoid hot foods and drinks for several hours after surgery.
- Do not drink through a straw or use a water bottle that requires suctions for at least 2 weeks. If you’ve had a sinus exposure or bone grafting, this is extended to 1 month.
- Do comply with your “Week One” dietary guidelines that our care team provides. Following these precautions will give your mouth a better chance to heal properly.
For the first three months of dental implant healing, you’ll be on a soft diet. During this time your dental implants are integrating, and you’re wearing a temporary prosthesis that is not meant to be used to chew hard or crunchy foods. Not sure what a soft diet entails? No worries! Our care team will provide a list of food recommendations and be available to answer any questions you may have.
What Foods Can You Eat After Dental Implant Surgery ?
Here is a list of foods you should eat concluding your implant surgery:
Week One After Surgery: “No-Chew” Diet
- Apple Sauce
- Avocados (mashed)
- Coffee and tea
- Cottage cheese
- Fruit ices and popsicles
- Fruit juices, including nectars and juices with pulp
- Liquid protein supplements like Boost, Ensure, Resource
- Smoothies (seedless)
- Soups (cream or broth)
Week Two: Soft “Fork-Tender” Diet
From 2 weeks post-op until we place your definitive bridge, it’s important for you to eat only foods that are soft and easy to chew. Avoid hard and chewy foods like raw fruit, sandwiches, pizza crusts, etc. Instead, start with foods that are still quite soft; anything that can be cut with the side of a fork is suitable for this part of your diet.
Fruits and Vegetables
- Soft fruits like bananas, mangos, peaches, and pears (avoid fruits with seeds, such as raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
- Apple sauce
- Steamed veggies
Meats and Other Protein Sources
- Broiled fish
- Roasted or chicken stew
- Soups with small soft pieces of vegetables and meat
Bread, Pasta, or Rice
- Soft loaves of bread
- Spaghetti, macaroni, rice pasta
- Cooked, refined cereals, such as cream of rice, oatmeal, grits, or farina (cream of wheat)
Other Soft Foods
- Items from Week One list
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
- Cottage cheese
- Scrambled eggs
What Foods Should I Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery ?
Here are some foods you should avoid eating after your dental implant surgery:
- Chips and pretzels
- Crusty breads
- Corn on the cob
- Hard candy
- Pizza (crust)
- Raw apples and vegetables
- Sub sandwiches
- Steaming, hot foods
Read More: Dental Implant Recovery FAQs
Nutrition After Dental Implant Surgery
It is important to remember to eat daily. Eating and drinking regularly will make you feel better and heal more quickly. It will also give you more energy and nourishment. One of the things patients lack most while on a soft food diet is protein; we recommend adding protein supplements to your diet. The first few days of eating may be a little uncomfortable so it’s important to follow your dietary restrictions and eat the recommended foods to ensure you’re not aggravating your healing process.
If you are a diabetic, maintain your eating habits and check your glucose frequently. This is key to infection prevention and avoiding diabetic-related complications.
After your dental implant procedure, you’ll be anxiously excited to start eating your favorite meals again. But it is so important to eat the proper foods during each healing stage. Your long-term dental implant success depends on it! Once your jaw has fully healed, you’ll receive your permanent prosthesis, also known as a ‘definitive,’ and you’ll be able to eat anything you’d like. Craving steak, corn on the cob, or apples? All these foods will be easy and enjoyable to consume with dental implants from EON Clinics.
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