At Cascades Center for Dental Health, we provide the professional installation of high-quality dental implants in the Reston area. Following your procedure, it is important to take the best care of your implants as possible as they heal and your jawbone fuses with them. While your implants will eventually be able to support regular oral activity, you will need to be careful with them and maintain a special diet after getting dental implants at our office. The goal when choosing foods should be to avoid foods that will physically disrupt them. However, you still need to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
You should not skip any meals. Proper nutrition will give you the energy you need to feel better and heal quickly. If you had special dietary requirements prior to getting dental implants, you will have to adhere to them post-surgery. You can prepare a meal plan beforehand to make creating healthy meals easier following your procedure.
Your food intake should be liquid or fully pureed immediately following your procedure. You will be able to slowly progress to solids. Drink plenty of water to ensure you remain well-hydrated. Appropriate foods will be soft and not require chewing.
While it is important to stay hydrated and nourished, foods and drinks should be cool, lukewarm, or room temperature. Foods and drinks that are hot should be avoided. Once you have regained tongue sensation and are able to begin eating solids, there are foods you still must avoid until your healing period has passed. Those include any foods that could get lodged in surgical areas.
All alcohol consumption should be avoided. While smoking is not necessarily a dietary issue, you should not smoke during the healing phase.
We hope these tips will help you make good dietary choices after getting dental implants. If you have additional questions or are seeking dental implants, set up a time to come see us at Cascades Center for Dental Health in Sterling. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to being your long-term partner in obtaining and maintaining your oral health!