Dental Implants Aftercare & Diet San Francisco, CA

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Dental implant placement is an invasive procedure. Although implant placement is a safe and effective start to restoring your missing teeth, it requires some recovery time before moving on to the next step.

After Implants Pain Management

When you return home, you should rest the first day, relaxing as much as possible and getting plenty of sleep. You will experience some pain, swelling, and minimal bleeding on the first day. You can manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers (Ibuprofen is a good choice) that also reduce swelling. If you are prescribed more potent pain relievers, take them as directed. Ice packs can be applied in the first 24 hours, putting them on for 20-30 minutes at a time.

Oral Hygiene After Implant Surgery

It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene after implant surgery, but a gentle touch and caution are needed to prevent disrupting the healing process. The day of and day after surgery, gently swish warm saltwater solution around the mouth, then let the water drain out of your mouth while standing over a sink rather than spitting. Starting on day three, you can brush any remaining natural teeth, avoiding the implant sites. Continue to rinse the mouth regularly, particularly after eating. We provide detailed oral care guidelines for you after surgery.

Post-Implant Surgery Diet and Self-Care

You will be able to eat the same day as your implant surgery, although you may not have much appetite for the first few days. You have incisions in your mouth that will be swollen and tender for a few days, so limit your diet to liquids and soft foods that do not require chewing. Stay hydrated to promote healing. Even if you are not hungry, drink plenty of water. As your gums heal over the next several weeks, you can slowly add in other foods.

The First 48 Hours

A cool, liquid diet is best for the first two days after surgery. Avoid hot foods or drinks, drinking only cool liquids such as water, tea, thin smoothies, and supplements such as Boost. You should avoid carbonated beverages, including colas, during the first 24-48 hours following surgery. Do not drink through a straw, as the suction can put pressure on the incisions. Do not drink any alcohol or smoke in the first 48 hours, and quit smoking entirely if possible.

Appropriate foods after dental implants in the first 24-48 hours include:

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  • Smoothies and milkshakes (but without straws)
  • Liquid supplements
  • Cold soups such as gazpacho
  • Broths, including bone broth or meat broth
  • Smooth applesauce
  • Pudding or mousse
  • Juice or nectars

Eating Guide After Dental Implants – After the First 48 Hours

After the first 48 hours, you can move to a soft food diet. You should still avoid very hot foods, but warm, soft foods are acceptable. You can continue with any foods on the liquid diet but start by adding soft, creamy foods. Do not eat anything crunchy, hard, spicy, or sticky while your gums heal.

Appropriate foods during this stage of dental implants aftercare include:

  • Ice cream
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soft tofu
  • Bananas
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Delicate fish with no coating
  • Ground beef
  • Finely shredded or diced chicken
  • Pasta
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Refried beans
  • Avocado
  • Smooth peanut butter or nut butters

It is essential to get a balance of nutrients, including protein and calcium, while eating a soft diet. Avoid too many sweets and do not eat or drink anything too acidic, such as citrus fruits or tomatoes. Liquid protein supplements can help you stay healthy while healing.

Be sure to slowly introduce meats and other foods with a firmer texture into your soft diet; do not rush the process. If you do not follow appropriate soft food guidelines during the healing process, you risk excess swelling, bleeding, infection, and even implant failure. Fortunately, once your implants have healed and your new crowns or fixed dentures are in place, you can eat and drink whatever you enjoy most with no restrictions.

Dental Implants Surgery Recovery Timeline

Sticking to our eating guide after dental implants will speed your recovery time following dental implants. Remember to drink lots of water, rest when you can, and avoid using a straw or sucking on anything such as hard candy until your implants have healed.

Although the healing timeline for dental implants varies from person to person, most patients will fall within the following timeframe:

Days 1 and 2:

You will experience some pain, swelling, and minor bleeding. A liquid diet and plenty of rest will help. Many patients can return to work the day after dental implant surgery, but this depends on how you feel and the physical demands of your job.

Days 3 to 14:

On day three, you can move from a liquid diet to soft foods until the incisions heal, which typically takes two weeks. After two weeks, you can begin adding other foods into your diet, but start with foods that may be firm but are not crunchy or sticky at first. If any foods cause pain, swelling, or bleeding, stop eating them for a few days before trying again.

After the First Few Weeks

You can eat whatever you like once the incisions heal. However, healing beneath the surface takes longer depending on your age, overall health, the type of implants, and other factors. Osseointegration (the bonding of the jawbone to the implant) can take anywhere from three to eight months before the abutments and crowns are attached.

If you have any questions during your recovery from dental implant surgery, please contact our office at 888-270-0610. Our staff is always happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment if there are any concerns.

Call San Francisco Dental Group at 888-270-0610 with questions and to schedule an appointment.