Dental implant surgery is a major surgical tooth replacement procedure.
That is why your goal is to take care of yourself after your operation to ensure a good recovery.
One of the first things you might want to do after your hours of surgery is to eat. Since your ability to chew your food will be affected, you have to stick to eating soft foods for 10-14 days after your surgery.
You might be wondering about the best meals to eat after your dental implant surgery to recover faster.
That is why we provided the seven best meal ideas that can help you with your post-surgery journey.
For the first few days of your dental implant surgery, sticking to all liquid meals is advisable at this stage of your recovery.
You can try smooth soups like broth, protein drinks, fruit or vegetable smoothies and juices. You can also try drinks that are rich in calcium for healthier teeth.
For fruit smoothies or juices, you can try oranges and grapefruits. These fruits are sources of Vitamin C which for healthier gums.
However, you have to consume these drinks in moderation because they are acidic, which may damage your tooth enamel.
These are easier to chew food and good sources of nutrients that your body needs to recover from tooth replacement surgery.
Try cooking oatmeal and top this nutritional breakfast meal with mashed fruits like blueberries or strawberries, melted cheese or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Scrambled eggs with soft cheese can help you savour your meal without compromising the needed nutrition to recover.
Eggs contain phosphorus, which helps maintain healthy teeth and vitamin D for calcium absorption to keep your teeth healthy.
4. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C for healthier gums. They are also a great choice because of their chewability factor.
Try boiling and mashing the sweet potatoes and adding them to your daily meals.
5. Leafy greens
Leafy greens like spinach or kale are sources of calcium.
These are good for your teeth and easy to chew when cooked.
You can boil or sauté spinach or kale using olive oil and add them as part of your post-recovery diet.
6. Soft cooked fish
If you want to add fish to your post-recovery diet, that is possible with soft-cooked fish.
Salmon or cod is easy to chew and contains Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation from your swollen gums.
Add this to your diet with leafy greens for a healthier diet and oral health.
7. Blended meat
For meat lovers who wonder if you can still eat meat, Yes, it is possible to eat meat as long as you choose a moist and tender type of meat such as chicken or beef.
Try blending this with potatoes or leafy greens in a food processor.
You can still enjoy a savoury meal without affecting your gums and teeth.
Our Food For Thought
Having a planned diet after your dental implant surgery is important and worth discussing with your dentist.
The meals discussed can serve as a general guideline to what to eat after dental implant surgery.
Remember, every patient has a different reaction to the said tooth replacement procedure.
If you seek a more customized meal or have any other questions about the diet that you can follow, you can contact us here for further consultation.