If you just had dental implants placed or are starting the dental implant placement process, you may be aware that you will be facing a soft food diet. But you may also be thinking, what is a soft food diet exactly? And why is it important to restrict your diet to soft foods as part of the healing process?
A soft food diet is just that – soft food only. A restricted soft food diet is not scary, though. A soft diet involves consuming foods that hardly require any chewing. You will have to avoid chewy foods or hard food, such as corn on the cob or sticky candy, or even tough meats that require repetitive chewing. The type of dental implant procedure you undergo will dictate your specific soft food diet, but it is safe to say that soft food options like scrambled eggs, pasta, soup, smoothies, and applesauce are all perfect examples of appropriate foods to eat after receiving your dental implants.
Now, you may be thinking that a soft food diet is restrictive and will be difficult to follow, but you must keep in mind that it is only temporary. Even if the diet consists of soft foods, there are a lot of options that you will be able to enjoy. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is very important for general health and can definitely aid in healing.
If you are worried about following a soft food diet, there is no need to fret! Your oral surgeon will instruct you on the foods you should eat and which ones to avoid. How long you adhere to a soft food diet depends largely on your healing process, which also includes additional individual factors, such as the condition of your overall health before the dental implant procedure, the amount of bone present in the jaw, and if a bone grafting procedure was also necessary.
To help you understand why a soft food diet is so important, you should know that your new dental implants are in the process of fusing with your jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration and offers a secure foundation. Osseointegration allows you to chew properly and will have your dental implants function just like the rest of your teeth. Other temporary tooth replacement methods lack a root and are not affixed to the natural bone, which is why dental implants are the most desired secure, permanent solution.
After your procedure, your oral surgeon will need to periodically check on your progress. Consuming harder foods too early can lead to complications, including infection and reduced integration of the dental implant into the bone. But by staying on your recommended soft food diet, you are encouraging better healing and are ensuring you receive the best possible outcome from your treatment. Once your oral surgeon has determined successful healing, you can resume eating and enjoying the foods you love.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule a consultation at Billings Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, please call our office today and find out if dental implants are the right choice for you!