Eating after dental implant surgery

After your dental implant surgery at Smile Clinic Slovakia we recommend to all our patients to stick to a soft food diet for the quickest recovery. Therefore it’s important to avoid any foods that may physically disrupt the implant or cause discomfort.

  1. After the surgery you may feel some discomfort, however is important not to skip meals, getting the nutrition your body needs is key to gaining strength, feeling better and faster. If you have a special diet requirement related to a medical condition, (for example diabetics), you should keep those eating habits or follow instructions that your specialist prescribe.  
  2. It is best to start from soft and liquid food. Keeping hydrated is key. Here are some ideas for the first 24 hours after the surgery:

    Banana Mango Shake− A healthy, filling way to start the day after your surgery. Also, bananas help replace electrolytes and maintain fluid balance within your body.

    Applesauce- You can’t eat apples, but this is the next best thing!

    Tomato Soup- A great snack even when your mouth isn’t sensitive.

    Cold Pasta- Ever tried a Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo? Might be the perfect time to expand your taste buds!
  3. On the day of the surgery drinking plenty of fluids  (up to 2 quarts of liquid per day)  and avoiding hot liquids or hot food because they will promote bleeding and swelling.
  4. Extremely hot food is also something to stay away from and patients shouldn’t use a straw for the first few days after surgery.
  5. Avoiding drinking any alcoholic beverages  
  6. Avoid smoking

Eating should not be a painful experience for the patient during the healing period. Recovering patients should avoid chewing food in the implanted area and also stay away from food that may get lodged in the surgical areas like popcorn, rice, sunflower seeds, nuts etc.

Here is a list with a few examples that can help you:

  • Softer fruits, such as bananas, peaches, nectarines, melons, and all berries 
  • Avoid hard food: Go for oatmeal and soft cereals, soft bread, rice, grits, or mashed potatoes.
  • Staying hydrated is vital to your immune system and overall health, and nothing will keep you hydrated more efficiently than water.
  • Fruits and vegetables: Remember to cut them into small pieces first.
  • Cooked or steamed vegetables are better like broccoli, carrots, and squash.
  • Sauces and soups are the best way to go. Softer fruits like bananas, peaches, nectarines, melons, and all berries are good as well.
  • Protein: eggs, fish and seafood, and beans are safe, and also dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. Other alternatives include couscous and quinoa, while being a wheat and grain.

More ideas for a speedy recovery:

  • Macaroni and cheese, soft bread, baked or mashed potatoes.
  • Scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, applesauce.
  • Chicken Pesto Pasta
  • Ground beef, baked or broiled fish, broiled or stewed chicken (finely chopped).
  • Cooked cereals, such as oatmeal or cream of wheat, yogurt.
  • Chicken Salad
  • Juice, water, milk, coffee, tea.
  • Puddings, pound cake, milkshakes, ice cream.
  • Home cooked broth, bouillon, soups.
  • Broccoli Omelet
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