Struggling to eat certain foods and feeling embarrassed about your smile are about to be distant memories because you’re investing in implant dentures. They’ll closely look and function like your real teeth, but you can’t chomp down on a juicy steak right after your All-On-4 surgery. Although you won’t have to wait to get your dentures, your mouth is going to be sore. Don’t worry, here’s what you can eat and drink after your placement surgery.
What to Expect After All-On-4 Surgery?
After the effects of any sedatives or numbing agents wear off, you can expect some pain, swelling, and bruising. Your jaw muscles may feel stiff. Thankfully, these symptoms are only temporary and usually dissipate in about 1 week. Prescribed or OTC pain relievers can manage your discomfort while a cold compress can reduce swelling and bruising.
During your All-On-4 recovery, you don’t want to do anything that might delay healing, which means you are going to need to watch what you eat and drink.
1-2 Weeks Post-Op: Liquid Diet
You’ll have to stick to a liquid diet for 1-2 weeks, but don’t use a straw to suck down smoothies, yogurt, or water. The suction can delay healing at the surgical sites. You’ll want to drink liquids right after your surgery, but only have those that are cold for 48 hours. It’s important to temperature check anything you eat or drink to avoid burning any numb tissues. Your implant dentist will recommend skipping anything spicey for at least 3-4 days post-op. Although your mouth will be sore, it’s crucial you stay hydrated and nourished to promote a faster recovery.
2 Weeks-3 Months Post-Op: Soft Foods
Your mouth will heal on the surface in a couple of weeks, and you’ll be back to feeling yourself; however, your recovery isn’t over yet. Your jaw must still fuse to the implant posts through a process called osseointegration, which is essential for the long-term success of your new smile. The foods you eat can affect the healing process. Since osseointegration can take several months, you don’t want to add delays to your recovery.
Although your mouth won’t be sore anymore, stay away from foods that are hard, chewy, or crunchy. It’s better to pick those that require minimal chewing to avoid putting pressure on the healing bone.
Throughout your recovery, you’ll have follow-up appointments with your dentist. They’ll monitor your healing progression to let you know when you can have the tasty steak you’ve been craving. However, don’t forget to cut it into small pieces to make it easier to chew.
It might be tough giving up your favorite foods for a few weeks, but it will be worth it in the end. In no time at all, you can enjoy everything you’ve been missing, and much more.
About Dr. Jeff Lee
Dr. Lee earned his dental degree at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry before continuing his education by 4 years in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He provides advanced services for complex issues, like tooth loss. If you’re interested in All-On-4, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.