Congratulations on your new dental implants. Whether you received only one or a couple implants, dental implants are a big step in improving your oral health overall.
Now that you have your new chompers, you’re going to want to be more cautious with what you eat within the first 10-14 days. Your gum tissue is going to be tender for a couple weeks, so it’s important to let your gums heal to ensure you get the most out of your implants. A soft diet that includes as little chewing as possible is recommended. Straws are off limits, as the sucking action can promote bleeding of the gums.
Just because you are limited in what you can eat does not mean you will be limited on nutrients. Numerous food options are still available, and many of them contain the proper nutrition to assist with your healing process. Additionally, following a strict diet and refraining from substances that can increase your risk of cancer can help kick-start a healthier lifestyle that can be pursued once your recovery time is over.
For the first couple weeks, it is highly recommended to only eat softer foods while your gums heal from the procedure. Not only will this benefit you throughout your recovery period, it will help ensure your gums and implants are healthy in the long run. Dental implants are an investment, so be sure you take as good of care of them as possible.
Below is a list of recommended foods that are not only easier on your gums, but are healthy as well:
Some of these may seem obvious, but it’s crucial to stress the importance of post-procedural care. These foods are either too hard for your tender gums, get easily stuck between teeth, or are a combination of the two:
While it may seem obvious which foods to avoid, it’s very important to be cautious when picking your diet. Not only does the texture have a negative impact on your recovery, but these foods tend to get stuck in between your teeth, causing irritation to your healing gums.
Also, if you have any habits that contribute to an increased risk of oral cancer such as smoking, chewing tobacco, or heavy drinking, do everything you can to minimize the use of these substances. Not only can they threaten the health of your natural teeth, but also the dental implants you paid for. These substances can damage your gums, and are correlated with higher rates of cancer.
It’s important to note that not all patients will heal the same. There are a number of factors that come into play when it comes to recovery time, mainly the care and maintenance of the patient’s gums and teeth. Even if you are feeling better after a few days, don’t jump right into your normal eating habits.
This is an opportunity to experiment with new, healthy foods that can enhance your mood and quality of life. Since your implants are an investment, you are going to want to take proper care of them to ensure they last a lifetime. This maintenance includes a combination of diet and oral hygiene, which involves eating the right foods and minimizing tobacco use and alcohol consumption.
If you’re in the Brampton, ON area, contact Dr. Svoboda and his staff to see if dental implants would be a good option for you. We will do all we can to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding oral health.
Dr. Emil Svoboda
110 Queen Street East
CAN L6V 1B1
Monday: 9AM – 8PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 8PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 5PM