How Soon Can You Eat? Answers to All Your Post-Dental Implant Surgery Questions

Once you make the decision to have dental implants, you’ll be anxious to begin the process so you can enjoy the look and function of a full set of teeth. Your first step involves dental implant surgery. During this procedure, the dentist inserts the artificial tooth root into your jawbone. After placement, the tooth root becomes fused to the bone over a period of months, establishing a firm, secure base for the artificial tooth, or crown.

You’ll feel less anxious about your surgical outcomes when you know you’re in good hands. Dental implant specialist Benedict Kim, DDS of A Caring Dental Group in Cleveland, Ohio has over 20 years’ experience in helping patients achieve natural-looking and fully functional dental implants. Dr. Kim’s expertise ensures that your dental implant surgery goes as smoothly as possible so you’ll get the best results from your replacement teeth.

You can help ensure proper healing and bone growth by carefully following the instructions you receive after surgery. Find out what to expect by reading our answers to some of our patients’ most commonly asked questions about dental implant surgery,

What can I expect after dental implant surgery?

The outcomes you experience after dental implant surgery can vary depending on your individual procedure. The effects of surgery will depend on the number of implants inserted, their locations, and your overall oral and general health.

You’ll have the most discomfort during the 24 hours immediately after surgery. You can expect the following symptoms within the first days:

What can I do to treat my symptoms after dental implant surgery?

You can take these steps to feel better and encourage healing after dental implant surgery:

When can I eat after dental implant surgery?

The effects of anesthesia and pain medication may delay your appetite immediately after dental implant surgery. You can resume eating as soon as you feel hungry.

You should restrict your diet, though, to soft foods that won’t disrupt the implant site or dislodge the tooth root before it fuses to your jawbone. Some safe options to try after dental implant surgery include:

You should also drink plenty of water, whether or not you feel like eating. Water helps you stay hydrated, which can strengthen your immunity to infections and expedite your recovery.

What foods should I avoid after dental implant surgery?

In the weeks immediately following dental implant surgery, it’s important to avoid foods that can interfere with osseointegration, the process by which your implant fuses to your jawbone. You should avoid foods that could cause the implant to dislodge before it’s properly attached.

You can prevent interfering with your recovery by avoiding the following:

How do I take care of my dental implants while waiting for my crowns?

After your surgery, you may have to wait up to six months before your dental implant sufficiently bonds to your jawbone and becomes ready for the crown. During that time, follow these strategies to ensure the site remains healthy:

If you have missing or damaged teeth, find out if dental implant surgery can restore the appearance and function of your natural teeth. Book online or call our office at 216-230-9094 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim today.

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