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Dental implant surgery requires making a small incision into the gums and bone to place a surgical-grade titanium rod. Because this procedure creates a wound within the mouth, it’s important that you avoid eating certain foods following the surgery to ensure proper healing. While it might seem frustrating to avoid your favorite foods, keep in mind that this is only temporary and that it will improve your comfort and the way that the implant is able to heal.

Foods to Avoid After Implant Surgery

Immediately after surgery, you should avoid hard and semi-hard foods completely. It’s recommended that you only consume foods like pudding, ice cream, soft soups and yogurt so that no force or pressure is applied to the wound site. These soft foods will also not get stuck in the wound like other foods. It is important to only eat a liquid-based diet for the first two days following surgery.

After those first two days have passed, you can move onto eating semi-liquid foods like mashed potatoes, eggs, pancakes and pasta. You should continue this semi-liquid food diet for about five days following the implant procedure. After one week, you can resume your normal eating and diet behaviors as the area will have healed enough to eat normally.

However, even after a week following the procedure, you should avoid the following foods for up to two weeks:

  • Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Sticky foods (caramel, gum, chewy candy)
  • Seeds (poppy, chia)

Other Considerations After the Procedure

Following the surgical procedure, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions that will outline what you can and cannot do while the area is healing. You need to avoid smoking, spitting and drinking through a straw as these can cause a condition known as dry socket, which prevents the wound from forming a blood clot and healing.

If you need to come back into the office after the procedure, it is important to keep all of your dental appointments to ensure that the area is healing correctly and the implant is beginning to fuse with the bone. You can think of this post-operative care as insurance for your brand new implant. Having a well-established and fully healed implant provides you with a beautiful, full smile that you can feel proud to show off. For this reason, it’s important to follow a regimented diet after you have the procedure done by Dr. Gurinsky. If you have any questions regarding the procedure or what you can and cannot eat, be sure to contact the office at your earliest convenience.