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What Can I Eat After Getting Dental Implants?

October 7, 2022
Posted By: 321 Family Dental
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In addition to improving your smile, dental implants are an incredibly effective way to replace missing teeth. Taking care of your dental implants is essential to ensure that your mouth heals properly after your procedure. This includes eating the right foods. And since you'll have your dental implants for a very long time, we'll also talk about what to eat long after surgery. 

Eating After Your Dental Implant Surgery | Melbourne, FL

After your dental implant procedure, you may be wondering what you can eat. Will you have to stick to a bland diet of soft foods for the next few weeks? Will you live on applesauce forever? The good news is that you don't have to give up all your favorite foods. But there are some things you should avoid eating until your mouth has healed completely. If you are in doubt, you may always consult with a dentist in Melbourne FL.

Immediately after dental implant surgery, it's important to stick to soft foods. This will help prevent any bleeding or swelling. You should avoid crunchy, hard, or sticky foods—and anything that isn't part of a "no-chew diet"—during this time. Once the bleeding has stopped, and the swelling has gone down, you can slowly start introducing other foods into your diet. But until then, here are a few options to help you stock your kitchen and pantry before your dental implant in Melbourne FL procedure:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Broth
  • Soups or stews (blended, well-cooked)
  • Ice cream
  • Applesauce
  • Popsicles
  • Eggs (scrambled, soft)
  • Smoothies (without seeds)
  • Pudding
  • Cottage cheese
  • Jell-O
  • Yogurt
  • Milkshakes (with a spoon, not a straw)
  • Liquid protein drinks
  • Meal replacement drinks
  • Oatmeal
  • Tuna, tuna, ham salad (no celery)
  • Fish (mashed)
  • Bananas, avocados (mashed)
  • Mousse
  • Pureed fruit
  • Pureed vegetables
  • Refried beans
  • Guacamole
  • Hummus

While your mouth heals, we hope we've offered you various food options (that aren't only bananas or applesauce). After your dental implant procedure in our Melbourne, FL dental office, it's essential to take things slowly, and then you'll be able to introduce more foods into your diet. For more information about foods that you can or cannot eat after your procedure, make sure to contact 321 Family Dental right away. 

Foods to Eat With Dental Implants to Protect Your Investment

After a few weeks, when your mouth has healed, you will be able to introduce more of your favorite foods back into your diet. Whether you have one, two, or a mouthful of implants, the following foods (which require a bit more chewing) will help reduce your risk of complications:

  • Pancakes
  • Muffins
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Soft, cooked-tender meats (shredded chicken, turkey, beef)
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Broccoli cheddar soup
  • Potato soup
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Tomato soup
  • Meatloaf
  • Peaches (canned)
  • Peanut butter (or nut butters)

Helpful Tip: For a few weeks, a crockpot or InstaPot can be your best friend, as these kitchen appliances can cook food to a tender consistency for ease of eating. Blenders and food processors can make easy work for you as well. However, these small appliances aren't necessary. This is just a friendly reminder that if you have them gathering dust somewhere in your kitchen, it might be time to pull them out!

Your Healthy, Natural-Looking Smile

Dental implants are a great way to improve your smile, and they can be a lifetime investment if you take care of them properly. Here in Melbourne, Florida, we offer dental implants to help you get the smile you've always wanted. If you have questions, we'd love to answer them! When you're ready—give 321 Family Dental a call at 321-254-0306. You may also inquire about our services by submitting a form here: https://www.321familydental.com/contact/

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