Knowing what to eat and what you shouldn’t eat before and after a dental implant procedure is important. This is because what you munch on can contribute to the progress of your surgery. If you don’t eat the right things before your dental implant surgery, you would put your dental health at higher risk of surgical complications. A dental implant procedure is a very important and major dental treatment thus every appropriate detail is important. How do you maintain a healthy diet before your dental implant treatment and after the dental implant has been performed? Check this article out for answers!
A dental implant procedure involves the replacement of a missing tooth caused by tooth decay, accidents, or other dental issues. Generally, due to a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, a person might have difficulties when eating, talking, or doing other oral activities. This is why it is important to fill up the missing space so that your teeth can perform their rightful duties.
Dental implants are used for permanent teeth replacement. So, if you are getting a dental implant, you have to understand that it is not just a simple procedure. Truth is, no dental treatment should be taken lightly and the rules for all dental treatment should be strictly adhered to by patients and dentists for better results. Before getting dental implants there are some diet guidelines you need to adhere to. Also, after the treatment, you’d have to maintain a strict diet plan for some time until your dental structure heals completely from the effects of the surgery. Patients do not need to worry so much about the pain during the dental implant procedure because anesthesia would be administered on the patient to numb the affected area that is to be operated on. Also, after the surgery, you might feel numbness and pain around the operated area. Talk to your dentist about it and he or she will prescribe some pain relive drugs that can reduce the pain. However, the pain will go away in few days. If the pain doesn’t go away in one week, see your dentist.
It might interest you to know that the kind of food you eat before and after a dental implant procedure is the same. Eating soft food before and after dental implants are the best way to prevent your teeth from getting weak before and after the surgery. Due to the missing tooth, you might have difficulties when eating hard food. Also, after surgery, you won’t be able to eat hard foods because of the part that was operated on. And yes, you can get a diet plan from your dentist.
You can eat oatmeal before and after your dental implant. Oatmeal is easy to eat. Always make sure that the oatmeal doesn’t get a sticky texture when you’re preparing it. Make the oatmeal soft and light so that it won’t stick to the teeth and cause irritations to the area that was operated on. Do not add too much sugar to your oatmeal. Sugary foods can worsen and slow your healing process. Oatmeal doesn’t put your oral health at a higher risk of getting infected. That is why oatmeal is a great meal to munch on before and after getting dental implants.
You can also eat fruits that are soft and easy to chew. Fruits like carrots and apples should be avoided cause they are not soft. Biting a carrot after losing your tooth isn’t a great idea and of course, the pain might not let you. You shouldn’t chew an apple or carrot after a dental implant. That can cause issues for the implanted teeth. However, you can chew after the first few days in bits so that you don’t experience irritations from chewing too many hard foods.
You can also feed on dairy products but they have to be soft dairy products. Dairy products are rich in calcium. This will give you the nutrients you need before and after the dental implant. Calcium makes your teeth stronger and healthy. For the first few days, you can have milkshakes and yogurt cause they are soft dairy foods and don’t need any or too much chewing. You should take your drinks with a straw. This is because after the surgery, your teeth might become more sensitive, and exposing the teeth to too many kinds of food and drinks can cause irritations. Using a straw will limit teeth irritations.
It is dangerous to get a dental implant before and after taking alcohol. Alcohol makes the anesthesia less effective before the implant and slows down the healing process after the dental work implant. When the healing process becomes slow because it has been interrupted it can cause serious issues to the gums and bones especially the implanted teeth. Instead of taking alcohol, take foods with vitamins, calcium, and protein. They will help you recover faster.
Also, you can eat potatoes, scrambled eggs and soup. Always make sure that the food you eat is not hot. Allow the food to cool down before you take them. If you don’t avoid hot foods after a dental implant, you might injure your dental cavity. You can go back to eating hot foods after your teeth have recovered.
We welcome patients from all surrounding locations to visit our dental office in Phoenix, AZ