Which foods should you eat after Dental Implant Surgery

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Which foods should you eat after Dental Implant Surgery

Regardless of whether you’ve had extensive tooth extraction and implant, or just a single tooth implant procedure there are universal standards when it comes to aftercare. One of the top questions is regarding what you should eat after dental implant surgery.

Here are some of the many common questions asked:

what are the foods not to eat with dental implants? How long after dental implants can I eat normally? And lastly a question for all coffee lovers, can I drink coffee after dental implant surgery? There is a lot to think about when it comes to dental implant aftercare. Here are some of the answers to your food-related worries!

How long after dental implants can I eat normally?

Once your dental implant surgery is complete you will need to avoid hot drinks and food until your anaesthetic has entirely worn off. Local anaesthetic in the mouth will cause you to not be able to identify the temperature of food and drinks properly. Many people who drink or eat something hot after surgery can burn themselves.

While you may assume you have to wait a while to eat after implant surgery, you can eat and drink surprisingly quickly. Whilst you will need to opt for soft foods and liquids, you can eat almost right away. After surgery, your dentist will run through all the dos and don’ts. Your gums surrounding the implant site will be a little sore and sensitive so trust us, soft foods will help! Again, this will depend on the type of stitches your dentist has chosen, but some stitches are negatively impacted by hot drinks so you may need to stick to cooler foods and drinks for the first 3 or so days. Tooth implant surgery is a serious treatment and requires you to adhere to the after-care process to ensure brilliant results!

Good foods to eat after dental implant surgery.

Although we have given you the advice to avoid crunchy foods and stick to soft foods, we want to reiterate how crucial it is that you maintain a balanced and nutritious diet. A highly nutritious diet will aid your recovery time.

Here are some suggestions of what to eat after implant surgery...

(Remember you can take inspiration from our suggestions and include some different ingredients!)

  1. Soup
  2. Smoothies
  3. Milkshakes
  4. Scrambled eggs
  5. Yoghurt
  6. Mashed Potato
  7. Rice
  8. Spinach

It’s probable that once your 2 weeks are up, your dentist will suggest moving back to a more ‘normal’ diet, but wait for your dentist to give you the go-ahead. Some people heal slightly slower than others and you may require more or less time than 2 weeks for your implant site to heal enough to eat crunchier foods.

Here are some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions we hear when it comes to eating and dental implants.
1. Can I drink coffee after dental implant surgery?

We know this is a big deal for coffee lovers, after all, is it possible to go 24 hours without coffee?! Your dentist is likely to recommend avoiding hot drinks for the first 24 hours at least, but this doesn’t stop you from having an iced coffee.

2. Once my dental implants have healed will I have to avoid certain foods?

Nope! That’s the great thing about dental implants, they will act like your natural teeth!


3. Is there anything else I should avoid doing when eating? There are 3 main things you should typically avoid and these are:
  1. Do not chew on the side of your dental implant.
  2. Do not use straws or anything that causes a suction or pressure in your mouth. This can dislodge the blood clot of the healing implant.
  3. Do not eat hard food until given the go-ahead by your dentist.

And that’s everything for today, we hope you have found this blog helpful! If you’re booked in for your dental implant surgery soon, we wish you all the best, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. For those of you who are still looking for a little more information on dental implants why not read our other blogs with tons of handy information!

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