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POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

We care about our patients and we believe in making sure they have more than enough information to be able to take all the necessary precautions in order to make our procedures feel seamless.

That is the reason why we have come up with a list of post-operative instructions to help you take appropriate care of your new implants.

Please read below and pay special attention to our advice and suggestions:

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING DENTAL IMPLANTS:

Placement of dental implants usually does not create a great deal of pain. General postoperative instructions apply, with the exception of rinsing.

DAY 1-2-3 after surgery

DO NOT eat or drink for 30 minutes after rinsing. This will maximize the potency of the medication.


1. Some degree of discomfort and pain arises a numbness subsides. At the first sign of pain or discomfort, take the prescribed medications. As an alternative you may take 2-4 Advil. If you cannot take aspirin products, then take two Tylenol. If the pain you are having is not controlled by the Advil or "Advil-like" prescription, you may take the prescribed severe pain medicine but only after eating some food. Any pain medications can cause nausea and vomiting. It is very important that you have some food in your stomach before you take them.

 

2. DO NOT DISTURB THE AREA OF SURGERY. Allowing the tissues to rest undisturbed assists the healing process. Avoid vigorous chewing, excessive spitting, or aggressive rinsing. If you routinely use a Waterpik, avoid doing so during the first month of the healing phase. Initial healing may be delayed, active bleeding restarted, or infection introduced.

 

3. Expect minor bleeding or oozing. If bleeding persists, continue pressure on a fresh sponge for an additional 30 minutes to an hour. Biting on a moist teabag wrapped in gauze may help control persistent oozing from the surgical site. Tea contains tannic acid, which helps promote blood clotting.  Firm pressure for 15-30 minutes usually controls the problem. If you check too frequently, (every few minutes), the blood clot will not form properly and bleeding will continue. Should active bleeding persist, please call the office. 

Bleeding after surgery may continue for several hours. The best way to stop bleeding is to fold 2 pieces of damp gauze over the extraction site and gently bite for 30-60 minutes making sure pressure is being applied to the extraction site. Rest quietly with your head elevated. If bleeding continues, use gauze for an additional 30 minutes. Bleeding should always be evaluated by looking directly at the surgical site. Pink or blood-tinged saliva may be seen for 2-3 days following the surgery and does not indicate a problem. The suture material may last 2 to 3 days and should be left alone. You will be asked to return to the office for a 2-week follow-up appointment. Any sutures remaining at that time may be removed at the surgeon’s discretion. Do not pull or cut the sutures yourself.

4. LIMIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY during the first 5 days after surgery. Over exertion may lead to postoperative bleeding and discomfort. When you lie down keep your head elevated on a pillow. You may wish to place a towel on your pillowcase to avoid staining from any blood-tainted saliva. Keep away from direct sunshine during 5 days after surgery.

5. PAIN FOLLOWING ORAL SURGERY will be most severe within the first 6-8 hours after the operation. Please do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking prescription medication. Do not wait for the pain to become unbearable before using some form of pain medication, as then it will be more difficult to control. Moderate to severe pain usually does not last longer than 48 hours. And mild discomfort usually diminishes after the third day. Please contact us if you experience prolonged severe pain so that we can help make you more comfortable.

 

6. SWELLING RELATED TO THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE may occur following certain types of procedures and it is normal and it last 15-30 days for all the mouth tissues to be back again. An ice pack should be placed on the side of your face for 20 minutes then taken off for 10 minutes and repeated. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as Advil, also help decrease swelling during the first 4 days after surgery.

 

7. FLUID INTAKE IS IMPORTANT. Clear beverages, ginger ale, Seven-up, or Sprite, water, teas, soda, broth, soups, or juices are all suitable. Avoid hot liquids until the numbness has worn off, and the bleeding has stopped. Drink plenty of fluids.

 

8. AVOID USING A STRAW FOR 15 DAYS. It may dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.


9. FOOD SELECTION. You must follow a soft and cold diet during the first 24 hours after the surgery, like the ones you can take just with the fork (pasta, rice, chicken, cheese, etc) which are most easily tolerated.  A nutritious diet is most important to your comfort and temperament. Remember that eating can prevent nausea sometimes associated with certain medications. Supplements such as Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast and/or yogurt supply excellent added nutrition.

* DO NOT EAT ANY POPCORN, POPPY SEEDS, SESAME SEEDS OR SEEDED FRUITS. THEY CAN GET STUCK AND CAUSE INFECTION!

*AFTER THE SURGERY AVOID ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND SMOKING FOR 10 DAYS.   DO NOT USE DRUGS.

 

10. Take any special medication we have prescribed on the special dosing schedule. Yogurt with active cultures or acidophilus should be taken while on antibiotics to prevent diarrhea. It is important to take the antibiotics to completion. If you are given antibiotics and take birth control pills, you should be aware that the birth control may become ineffective, therefore take appropriate precautions.

 

11. Take any regularly scheduled medication (for diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) on your regular schedule unless advised to do otherwise.

 

12. TRY TO AVOID SMOKING COMPLETELY, as it tends to delay healing and interfere with regeneration.

 

14. In the event the patient uses any kind of sedation or psychotropic, he is not allowed during the consultation or the rest of the day to perform any physical activity, operate machinery or vehicles or making significant decisions since he will not be able to perform any of these tasks. Therefore, if your treatment is performed under any of these options, it is recommended to come with someone or being picked up by someone.

THE FOURTH DAY FOLLOWING SURGERY AND THEREAFTER:

On the fourth day following the surgery, rinse your mouth carefully with 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a large glass of warm water. Repeat three times a day until remaining soreness subsides. Please do not use a syringe or water pik during the healing phase.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT STITCHES. They are usually dissolvable.
ANY SWELLING, SORENESS OR STIFFNESS IN THE JAW MUSCLES can be relieved by applying a warm moist towel to the affected side of the face.

Sometimes a soft diet may be necessary for the first few days following surgery. Most patients are able to resume regular food intake within a short time.

99 Foods To Eat After Dental Surgery, Implants, or Wisdom Teeth Extractions

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“What do I eat after dental surgery?”, is a common question asked by many patients. Dental surgery can be a daunting task but the recovery can be even more stressful if you don’t know what to eat. We compiled a list of foods to eat following dental surgery, dental implants or wisdom teeth extractions. These foods are also good for patients having periodontal surgery. Keep in mind that each surgery is different and you should follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions regarding what is acceptable to eat. Some surgeries require a patient to be on a liquid diet for so long and then progress to soft foods. Any of the foods to eat after dental surgery listed below can be liquified using a blender – our favorite is the Vita-mix. These liquifying blenders can also make a variety of flavorful, healthy drinks or smoothies which can include raw vegetables that are extremely helpful in the healing process.  Be adventurous!

Comprehensive List of Foods To Eat After Dental Surgery, Implants, or Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Applesauce

Avocado

Baby Food

Baked Beans – mashed if necessary

Black Beans – mashed if necessary

Baked Apples

Bananas

Biscuits – flakey, soft or soaked to become soft 

Broccoli – steamed soft

Broth

Butternut Squash – cooked soft

Carnation Instant Breakfast Drinks

Carrots -steamed soft

Casseroles

Cheese

Cheesecake

Clams and Clam Chowder

Cold Cereal – soaked in milk until soft

Cottage Cheese

Cake

Canned Peas

Crab Cakes

Cranberry Sauce

Cream

Cream of wheat – maybe a little to grainy depending on the type of dental surgery.

Crème Brule

Cupcake

Custard

Doughnuts

Ensure

Eggs (poached, fried or scrambled)

Egg Nog

Egg Noodles

Egg Salad

Fettuccine

Fish

Frozen Yogurt

Fruit Juice

Fruit Smoothies

Fruit – soft or grind

Gravy

Grits – Maybe a little too grainy depending to the type of dental surgery.

Ground Turkey

Ground Beef/Pork

Ground Chicken

Guacamole

Humus

Ice cream

Jell-O

Juice vegetable

Kefir

Key Lime Pie

Macaroni and cheese

Malt-0-meal

Mangos

Mascarpone Cheese – Consider using it with soft scones (beat 1 (3 oz of cheese, 1 tsp powdered sugar, and 1 cup heavy whipping cream)

Mashed potatoes

Matzo Ball Soup

Meatloaf

Meatballs

Melons (Very Ripe)

Milk Shake – Avoid using a straw

Miso Soup

Mousse

Muffins

Oatmeal

pancakes

Pasta – cooked very soft

Pies

Polenta

Pot roast with vegetables – cooked to falling apart

Probiotics

Protein Powder – can be added to any liquid meal for added energy and healing

Pudding

Ramen Noodles

Refried Beans

Ricotta cheese

Risotto

Rice

Sandwich Meats

Scrambled Eggs

Sherbet

Smoothies

Soft bread – soak in soup

Souffle

Soup

Sour Cream

Spaghetti

Spinach

Steamed Vegetables

Stew

Sweet Potatoes

Tapioca Pudding

Tea

Tofu

Tuna Salad

Waffles

Yellow Squash

Yogurt

Foods To Avoid Following Dental Surgery, Implants or Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Tomatos or tomato sauce – acidic and may burn or cause pain immediately after dental surgery

Orange Juice – be cautious with OJ or any other acidic juices. They may cause burning or pain if ingested too soon after dental surgery.

Seeds – anything seedy may get stuck in a surgery site and cause discomfort or get infected.

Cracked Pepper – much like a seed this can get lodged and cause pain.

Popcorn – the corn hulls can become lodged

Spicy Foods – may lead to pain and discomfort

Crunchy or Difficult to Chew Foods – these foods may interfere with the blood clotting following dental surgery

Over-the-counter Mouth Rinse – it’s not a food but patients commonly use mouth rinses such as Listerine or Scope following a dental surgery and it significantly interferes with healing so it’s worth mentioning. Dentists will usually prescribe a safe mouth rinse, such as Chlorhexadine Gluconate (Peridex), flowing dental surgery.

Diet Tips 

Once they’re fully healed and integrated with your jawbone, dental implants give you the chewing strength to enjoy all your favorite foods. However, it’s crucial to avoid certain foods for the first few weeks after they’re placed if you want your treatment to succeed.

Explore our guide to learn some helpful tips for your post-surgery diet.

Foods to Avoid

To prevent damaging your implant and setting your treatment back, avoid the following foods for at least a week after implant surgery:

  • Tough foods, such as steak and raw vegetables

  • Crunchy foods, such as popcorn and chips

  • Sticky foods, such as caramel and taffy

  • Chewy foods, such as gummies and bagels

  • Spicy foods, such as hot peppers and salsa

  • Acidic foods, such as oranges and tomatoes

  • Very hot foods and liquids, such as coffee and soup

 

What to Eat the Day After Implant Surgery

After your implant is placed, your teeth and jaw will be in a very delicate state. That’s why it’s crucial to stick to a soft-food diet for the first 24 hours after surgery. To help you plan your meals, we recommend incorporating the following foods:

  • Smoothies — Smoothies are filling, nutritious, and easy to pack with essential vitamins for restored energy. Best of all, smoothies don’t require any chewing, making them an ideal meal option after surgery.

  • Applesauce — You won’t be able to bite into an apple at this point in your treatment, but applesauce can provide many of the same nutrients without harming your implant.

  • Cold soups — Though it’s essential to avoid hot foods and liquids, you can enjoy cold soups such as gazpacho and more.

When you’re drinking liquids, it’s extremely important to avoid using a straw. The suction force puts pressure on your implant and can interfere with the healing process. You should also refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking for at least a few days.

What to Eat in the Weeks After Implant Surgery

As your jaw continues to heal, you can slowly reintroduce solid foods into your diet. We recommend choosing meals that are rich in protein and other essential nutrients to speed up your recovery.

Some of the foods he recommends are:

  • Eggs/Omelets — Eggs are easy to chew and filled with protein. Mix them with vegetables and make an omelet for a well-balanced meal

  • Potatoes — One of the toughest parts of sticking to a soft-food diet is the lack of variety. Potatoes are a very versatile food that can be prepared in several different ways without losing their soft texture.

  • Chicken, Fish, and Ground Beef — If you eat meat, We recommend slowly introducing it back into your diet. Start with softer meats like chicken, fish, and ground beef that can be finely chopped into salads, pastas, and more for a delicious meal.

  • Milk/Cheese/Yogurt — Dairy products are loaded with protein and calcium that aid the healing process and help to keep your teeth strong.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it so important to focus on protein intake after dental implant surgery?

Protein is essential during the healing process. Not only is protein necessary to build and repair tissues affected by dental implant surgery, but it also helps the body fight infection. As you recover from dental implant surgery, We recommends that you eat more protein than you might normally consume so that you can boost your body’s healing abilities.

How do I add protein to a soft-food diet?

When most people think of protein-rich foods, they think of meat and nuts first. Obviously, neither of these foods will be very appealing to someone who has just undergone dental implant surgery! However, there are some easy steps you can take to keep your protein intake high while you focus on soft foods:

Try adding protein powder, avocado, or peanut butter to smoothies
Enjoy some protein-packed eggs or beans
Load up on soft dairy products like yogurt that are rich and protein

In the weeks following your dental implant surgery, you’ll also be able to incorporate meat back into your diet—just be sure to start with softer meats like ground beef, chicken, or fish. 

What if I don’t have an appetite after dental implant surgery?

It’s normal for patients who have recently undergone oral surgery to not have much of an appetite. You might also be nervous to eat because you’re concerned that it will be painful or damaging to your mouth. We absolutely understand this, but can’t stress enough how important it is that you give your body the fuel it needs to heal while you recover.

Following your dental implant surgery, we will make sure that your mouth is able to tolerate food, so you don’t need to worry about causing damage to the treated area by eating as long as you adhere to a soft-food diet. You will be given medication to ease your discomfort, and many of our patients actually find soft, cold foods feel good on their delicate gums.

That first day after surgery, you might find that milkshakes (no straw!), ice cream, and yogurt are especially soothing. Focus on soft foods that you love, and add protein wherever you can. Gradually, your appetite should come back and you’ll be able to eat a wider variety of foods.

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