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Eating After Dental Implant Surgery

When it comes to undergoing a dental implant in Richmond, one of the most popular questions people ask is what can I eat after surgery? So without further ado, let’s dive in and take a look.

Immediately after surgery In the first 24 hours after surgery it’s advised that you try not to eat or drink anything hot. So avoid tea and coffee, or any hot foods. There may be some slight bleeding to the area of the implant during the first 24-48 hours and this is normal. However hot foods and drinks can exacerbate the bleeding further so to avoid this stick to cold or lukewarm foods. Try not to eat anything that you have to chew. Liquid foodstuffs such as yoghurt or soups (but cool to barely lukewarm) are ideal.


24-72 hours after surgery

Depending on the amount of oral surgery you’ve undergone you should be able to gradually introduce hot food and drink as long as they don’t cause discomfort. You should also at this stage be able to eat soft foods rather than purely liquid foods. Rice pudding, soft ripe bananas, well-cooked pasta, scrambled egg and tinned tuna mixed with mayonnaise or salad cream are ideal although you’ll still need to be careful with what you eat. For instance, raspberry jam may contain seeds which could get lodged in a wound or tooth socket, or certain soups may contain crispy croutons which may cause pain if chewed.


3 days – 1 week after surgery

By now you should be able to start introducing new foods that require a small amount of chewing, so foods like fish, tender slow-cooked cuts of meat, baked beans, well-cooked vegetables and if you have a sweet tooth, then how about chocolate brownies or soft cake. Do try to avoid things like nuts which require an excessive amount of chewing, or anything with sharp edges that may damage the healing wound such as crisps or hard sweets.


1 week and beyond

By now you should start feeling back to normal and as such you should be able to resume a normal eating pattern. However be a little cautious as you introduce new foods and always remember to clean your teeth after meals to avoid bacterial build up and hasten the healing process.

If you need any further advice on what you should be eating after implant surgery then contact Sheen Dental. We’ve been successfully fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years with excellent results. So why not call us today on 020 8876 5277 and arrange a complimentary consultation. Alternatively you can visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk

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