At Dental Partners of Boston, we’ve seen first hand the life-changing impact that dental implants can have on patients. Dental Implants are a wonderful way to replace missing, broken or damaged teeth and restore confidence to your smile. They look like real teeth and feel natural. They are also incredibly long-lasting and durable.
But there is a common question many patients have. What Can I Eat? Adjusting to life after getting a dental implant can require some getting used to. Your affected teeth and surrounding gums are likely to be tender for a little while and prone to soreness. The kinds of food that you used to love may be challenging for you to eat for a little while after your surgery.
While your dental implants will soon feel as natural to you as your natural teeth, it can really aid your recovery if you know which foods are safe to eat and which to avoid as they are healing. It can prevent irritation of the gums while also helping you to enjoy your new smile without discomfort or irritation.
What Can I Eat With Dental Implants?
Let’s take a look at the best foods to eat following Dental Implant surgery:
- Soft Fruits & Vegetables
Not only do soft fruits and vegetables prevent irritation of your gums when you chew, but they are also full of the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to heal. Especially vitamin C which helps to encourage the body’s production of collagen which is necessary to heal damaged tissue quickly and thoroughly. Mangoes, peaches, and pears are good examples of soft fruits to eat while veggies should be steamed to give them a softer texture without diminishing nutrient content the way boiling can.
- Protein Sources
Our whole bodies are protein-based so it makes sense that we should eat plenty of protein while recovering from Tooth Implant surgery. Think soft cottage cheese, plant-based proteins like peas, baked beans or tofu, and scrambled eggs. Fish should be poached and checked thoroughly for bones. Meat should be sufficiently tenderized prior to eating.
- Green Leafy Veggies
While we tend to assume that dairy products are the best source of calcium, there are actually lots of plants that are high in calcium so vegans and the lactose intolerant can breathe a sigh of relief. Green leafy veggies like kale and spinach are also fantastic calcium sources as well as being high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Whether you steam them, fry them or blend them into a smoothie, eating your greens can hasten recovery while also going easy on your teeth.
Oats are a complex carbohydrate meaning that they release their energy slowly throughout the day. This is why they’re a perfect breakfast food. A bowl of soft oatmeal can be easy on your teeth while adding yogurt and soft fruits can help you add a little more protein, vitamins, and minerals to the bowl.
Quick, easy and versatile, pasta can be a great go-to if you need something that’s fast to cook but easy on your teeth. Mix it up with whatever sauces you like and even add some slices of meat and veggies… just make sure that these are cooked to be as soft as possible.
Schedule An Appointment Today!
You certainly don’t need to spend weeks on a liquid diet when you’re getting used to your dental implants! If you are interested in dental implants in Boston and want to know more then schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today! Our Boston dentists are happy to help improve your smile!