Depending on your situation and the time of healing you’ll need, eating habits after the surgery can differ from others. Your doctor will recommend the best approach for you, but here are some general tips to remember.
You can start eating a few hours after the placement, and for the first couple of days, it’s best to start with liquids or some very soft foods. Some good examples are smoothies, fruit juices, and soups. It would be good to consume them cold to enhance your healing process and avoid hot drinks or foods.
During the following days and weeks of your recovery, you can start adding more to your diet, but always keep in mind to prefer softer foods. Of course, gradually, you can consume foods higher in protein that require more chewing, like potatoes, eggs, pasta, chicken, etc.
However, we recommend avoiding excessive chewing during the first days, especially from the side you had the surgery. Hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy foods are best to avoid during the first couple of weeks.
One important thing to avoid also during the first few days is dairy products. You might be thinking, though, why no dairy foods after getting your dental implant, even though they are soft and a good source of protein?
Well, dairy could irritate your stomach leading to nausea or vomiting. Additionally, there is also the possibility of causing inflammation. So, it’s best to avoid them in the beginning so you can heal without adding any extra discomfort or unpleasant symptoms.
We always encourage our patients to rest the following days after the surgery, giving the body the proper time to heal, so they start feeling better as soon as possible.
However, we understand, especially if you’re working out regularly, that you want to know if and when you’ll be able to go back to your routine.
Generally, avoiding any exercise or heavy work for at least the first 2-4 days is best and recommended. Bending, lifting, or the increase of the blood flow could lead to more discomfort, pain or bleeding, and swelling.
Once you start feeling better, you can add some exercise to your regular program, but we recommend discussing it with your doctor first.