Dental Implant Recovery Diet

denture-slider3Dental Implants Newport News, VA dentist Dr. William Griffin wants to share the importance of following a healthy diet following a dental implant procedure.

The most important thing that patients need to do in order to secure the safety of their dental implant placement is adhere to the strict directions give to them by their doctor after the implantation procedure is successfully finished. Patients think that they are in the clear just because the surgery went well, but even the slightest amount of pressure against the implants could ruin their progress and the patient will have to wait to heal and start the process all over again.

The first six weeks after the implantation are vital for the integration to complete successfully; without the osseointegration, patient’s implants will fail. Dr. William Griffin will give patients a scrupulous set of diet instructions and what to avoid for the next few weeks or months. It is important to note that the duration of healing for every individual is directly contingent upon their ability to follow these directions.

We have compiled two opposing lists for patients to understand specifically what they should be eating in order to get the proper nutrients and vitamins to help the mouth stay healthy throughout the process, as well as what to avoid to eliminate elements that could ruin the dental implant integration.

What to Eat:

Protein: Seafood, eggs, milk, yogurt, beans, cheese and quinoa.

Fruits and Vegetables: Melons, berries, bananas, peaches or any other soft fruits, any steamed vegetables, no raw! Vegetable soup if a great idea for patients to the needed nutrients in a very soft and easy- to- eat form.

Grains and starches: very soft breads, oatmeal, cereal, rice, mashed potatoes, and any type of noodles.

What to Drink:

Water, water and more water! Water is the only source of hydration that can aide the oral reparation the mouth needs at this time. The more we keep the mouth hydrated and moisturized, the less acidic content will be in it to harm the implants.

What to NOT Eat:

Cold/ hot foods: Any substance that is either too hot or too cold can cause pain in the dental implant areas, foods should be eaten at room temperature for patient to avoid pain.

Hard foods: tough meat, nuts, forms of snacks, seeds, chips, and especially hard candy. Any of these substances can scratch or poke against implants and ruin their placement.

Chewy foods: Gummy candies, dried fruit, salad, and especially cookies.

What to NOT Drink:

Alcohol, soda, energy drinks, or fruit juices. These types of drinks tend to dry out the mouth and create more harmful acid that can put the implants in a dangerous and unhealthy environment. It is best to avoid these drinks for at least six weeks after the procedure. Also, we remind patients to avoid drinking with straws as they can cause physical damage to implants through poking or bumping against them.

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Dr. Griffin has seen instances where patients have neglected to care for their dental implants following their procedures, wasted their own money and time and have to do it all over again. Patients that want dental implants need to take responsibility for the mouth’s gradual recovery and do everything they can to aide in the oral restoration process. Call us to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Griffin today. We can be reached at (757) 745-1003.