The first post-procedure question we tend to get at our La Jolla practice is: “what can I eat?” After any treatment, your teeth are going to be sensitive and there are certain foods you’ll want to pick over others. The same is true after the dental implants procedure. It’s true that implants are more than capable of biting or chewing on essentially any food item, once healed, but immediately after the procedure you may want to stick to softer foods for a short time.
While a more complete list of guidelines can be provided to you during your consultation with Dr. Lockwood, this post can nevertheless give you a general idea of what to expect. Should you have any questions or concerns, please give our office a call at 858-200-7248.
Foods for Dental Implant Patients
Why restrict your diet right after your implant procedure? Dental implants are unique in that they become, essentially, a natural part of your oral anatomy. To accomplish this, the implant fixture — one of three major parts to the implant — has to be fitted into the jawbone. After the procedure, the implant site will heal and the fixture will be assimilated by the jaw through what’s known as osseointegration. This process takes place within a three to six month period.
For how long will you have to restrict your diet? There’s no one answer to that question. It can be anywhere from ten days to six weeks. What kind of foods should you avoid? Tough, hard, and crispy foods are better off saved for when you are completely healed. The good news is that there are still a good number of tasty foods you can eat while your new artificial teeth heal and strengthen.
Soft cheeses, like brie, are a perfect meal for those recovering from their implant procedure. A personal favorite of mine is Manchego cheese, imported from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. While it sounds fancy, you can find it at any San Diego Costco. Even harder cheeses are okay if you melt them into a soft meal, as they make for good enriching supplements to other foods.
Creamy and soft, yogurt is a natural go-to food for those who’ve recently benefited from a dental treatment. There’s also typically a wide variety of yogurts to choose from, from different flavors to different styles. You will undoubtedly find something you like. Not to mention, yogurt — when eaten in moderation — can be a healthy food to snack on. Finally, yogurt can also be used for a host of other culinary items, including salad dressings, marinades, dips, and awesome breakfast combinations.
Eggs, like with any other food, should be eaten in moderation. But, they are a great source of protein and are soft enough, once cooked, to be eaten by a recent dental implant patient. They can be made in a variety of ways, so they’re never boring. Eggs can also be used in a never ending list of recipes, including with rice, soft vegetables, and soups. Speaking of soup…
Soups made with soft components are great for dental patients with some post-procedure sensitivity. Plus, they’re good for warming the heart and soul. Unless it’s a particularly hot day, soup is almost always appetizing. Soft noodle soup, baked potato soup, Matzo ball soup, pureed lentil soup,…, the possibilities are almost endless. Always tasty, always filling, you can never go wrong with a soft soup.
5. Soft Grains
Whether you like cooked oatmeal, oat bran, cream of wheat, or something similar, these are great items to eat if you’ve recently had a dental implant fitted. You can add tasty items like berries, cinnamon, peanut butter, and/or vanilla to make your food taste even better! Another good source of grain is soft bread, although it’s recommended that don’t toast it for the time being.
Achieving the Smile of Your Dreams Has Never Been Easier
As you can see, “post-procedure diets” aren’t really all that bad. There are plenty of foods you can eat. They are all rather tasty, and you can always combine them to make something even better. Should you have any questions or concerns, we welcome you to peruse our informational website. If you would like to speak to our staff or make an appointment at our La Jolla office, contact us at 858-200-7248.