If you have dental implant surgery scheduled, you are well on your way to enjoying a better quality of life. Stable dental implants allow you to eat a virtually unrestricted diet and give you the confidence to talk and laugh openly with others. But you may be wondering what happens directly after surgery, or when you’ll be able to truly enjoy all these benefits. Our periodontist, Dr. Steven Rice, discusses what to expect after dental implant surgery in Rockville, MD.
Immediately After Surgery
For the first few days after your dental implant surgery, you’ll need to stick to soft food or a liquid diet. This ensures that no additional strain is put on the dental implants that could compromise their healing or future stability. Be sure to incorporate healthy foods into your post-surgery diet to optimize nutritional intake! A diet of milkshakes and pudding won’t give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to heal quickly and remain healthy. Common soft foods our patient eat include:
• Fruit or vegetable juices
• Protein shakes
• Hearty soups
• Greek yogurt
• Mashed potatoes
• Scrambled eggs
• Cottage cheese
When to Return to a Normal Diet
Depending on how quickly you heal will determine when you can introduce solid foods back into your diet. Typically, patients require soft foods for several months after surgery. However, each patient is unique and recovers differently. It is important during this time to maintain follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure proper healing. Your dentist will know the ideal time after dental implant surgery for you to broaden your diet!
Questioning Your Food Choices?
The foods you eat can sometimes be the difference between a healthy recovery and the risk of dental implant failure. If you have dental implant surgery in Rockville, MD scheduled, be sure to follow all instructions from our periodontist, Dr. Rice. Please contact our office online or by calling (240) 747-7342 if you have questions!