How Soon After a Dental Implant Can I Eat?

How Soon After a Dental Implant Can I Eat
July 31, 2019
by FastNewSmile®

Undergoing dental procedures always comes with a long list of worries. Will it hurt? How long will it last? Will it be worth it? And of course, one of the most important ones: How soon will I be able to eat afterwards? 

Since getting dental implants can be an intricate procedure, it’s understandable to want to know as much information as possible before getting started.

HOW SOON AFTER A DENTAL IMPLANT CAN YOU EAT?

Everyone is different, therefore, healing time varies depending on many factors: how many teeth have been affected, individual healing time, whether a person has an underlying medical condition, and bone health.

The healing process will be gradual. However, you can have your first meal post-surgery about an hour after getting your implants. 

During the time that you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, stick to soft foods, such as:

  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Warm, broth-based soups
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Soft Cheeses
  • Avocado
  • Refried beans
  • Squash
  • Hummus and pita bread
  • Eggs
  • Crepes
  • Soft tofu
  • Apple sauce
  • Ice cream

In addition, follow your doctor’s instructions regarding oral care. You can also use warm salt water to rinse your mouth and ice packs to reduce swelling.

FOODS TO AVOID AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT

For the first few days after dental implant surgery, you will experience some discomfort while you fully heal. When choosing meals, avoid consuming the following any small grains that may get lodged in your teeth, such as:

  • Rice
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Seeds
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Potato chips
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins
  • Cookies and crackers

In addition, avoid drinking alcohol, using a straw and eating extremely hot (in temperature) or spicy foods, as they could interfere with the healing process. Also, do not skip meals altogether, since getting proper nourishment is necessary to fully heal.

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