Eating large, home-cooked meals during the holiday season is one of the high points of this time of the year. However, if you’ve recently undergone dental implant surgery, you may feel like your options are limited when crafting your perfect holiday plate.
Let’s take a closer look at how a recovering dental implant patient should approach holiday foods without compromising the integrity of their new smile.
Can the Wrong Foods Lead to Dental Implant Failure?
While we’ve said in the past, with dental implants, no foods need to be avoided during the holidays. This statement didn’t take into consideration patients that recently underwent dental implant placement.
Eating foods that veer from your prosthodontist’s post-surgical guidelines could lead to pain, and even worse, setbacks that prevent your implants from properly connecting with your jaw bone.
What Foods Can You Enjoy During the Holidays?
So, now that you know food-induced implant failure is possible during the healing process, what should you eat during the holidays?
Well, the good news is, there isn’t much that’s left off of the list aside from some potential favorites that we’ll get to later.
Let’s Talk Protein!
As long as the meat is tender and juicy, holiday traditions like turkey, ham, or duck shouldn’t be a problem. While a rare roast beef can still be tender, it may come with some unexpected chew that could damage the dental implant healing process.
As far as traditional sides go, we say enjoy the majority of them! Favorite holiday foods like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and stuffing typically fall in the safe zone of post-surgical eating.
Keep in mind, though, if you find yourself going for vegetables, make sure they are steamed to the point of softness and don’t require much of a bite to chew them.
What to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table?
Here is where the unfortunate truths come into play. People who recently received implants should always avoid anything tough, crunchy, or sticky during the dental implant healing process.
This means saying no to marshmallows on your sweet potatoes, possibly passing up on the pecan pie, and avoiding chewy meats.
We know this may dampen your holiday spirit just a little bit, but we promise that the lifetime guarantee from your FastNewSmile® is well worth the sacrifice of some traditions for one year.
How to Plan Your Dental Implant Surgery Around the Holidays
We know you want to show off your new smile in all of your holiday photos. Fortunately, FastNewSmile® offers same-day dental implants that allow you to plan your procedure around the holidays easily.
With our team of dental implant specialists, there is no wait, and you will always leave our office with a brighter smile than the one you came in with.
Start the Holiday Season Off Right, With FastNewSmile®
If you’re ready to enter the holiday season with a new set of teeth that turns heads, FastNewSmile® can help! Our team of dental implant specialists has decades of experience perfecting smiles of all types. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule your free consultation with a member of our team.
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