Ask The Dentist – Eating After Dental Implant Placement
A patient asks about suitable foodstuffs after a new implant procedure.
A common question we hear from people enquiring about dental implants is whether they have to eat a liquid diet after the procedure.
Q. I am considering dental implants as I have had a tooth missing for a while and the gap shows up when I laugh. I don’t want to have dentures, and whilst I’m a bit bothered by the implant procedure, I know it’s a one off thing so I think I can handle that. Someone told me that they had to live off yoghurt and soup for ages when they had theirs placed though. Is that true?
Thank you for your question, and I’d like to first of all reassure you that the dental implant procedure is nothing to be afraid of. Yes, it is an invasive procedure, but it really should cause no more discomfort than most other invasive ones. If you have concerns about that side of things, please talk to one of the implant dentists at our Chelmsford clinic in Essex, who will be pleased to explain in more detail.
With regards to eating afterwards, it is true that you do need to take care with what you eat for a short period of time. This is partially because it will be tender and possibly a little uncomfortable initially, though nothing that can’t be managed with pain relief medication. The main reason for a soft food diet following the procedure is that the integration of the implant in the bone is absolutely key to a successful placement and you should do all that you can to avoid putting stress on the newly placed implant.
We generally advise patients to eat soups, yoghurts etc only in the immediate period following the implant placement. Once the first few days have passed, patients tend to graduate to slightly harder foods such as mashed potatoes etc and build up slowly to harder foods, still avoiding biting anything hard in that area.
Once the osseointegration period has passed, during which time the bone and implant fuse, we will add a dental crown to it and you should then be able to eat a regular diet immediately. We do suggest that you still take care initially, especially as it seems that you have had the tooth missing for some time. Any form of replacement tooth can feel a little strange initially so please be a little cautious until you are used to it. Experience suggests that this should not take long at all.
Remember that what may seem like a little inconvenience at the time will help your dental implant become established, and, with good oral health care, it can then last you for twenty years or more. We hope that you will arrange a consultation to discuss having dental implants placed with us at Blue Sky Dental, and we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about the procedure.
To arrange your free non-clinical consultation at our Chelmsford dental practice, please call us on 01245 211070, and we look forward to meeting you.