Are you getting All-On-4 dental implants soon? Then get ready for a major boost to your confidence and quality of life. After you recover from All-on-4 surgery in East Longmeadow and Northampton, you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come. You can go back to eating your favorite foods soon, but some foods should be avoided temporarily to ensure proper healing. Here’s what you need to know about what you can eat and drink with your implant dentures during recovery.
What is All-on-4 Surgery?
All-on-4 surgery is a dental technique that replaces an entire arch of missing teeth with a denture that is firmly anchored in place with dental implants. The procedure uses four dental implants to secure it to the jaw and maintain stability. The result is a smile that resembles real teeth in feel, function, and appearance.
Some of the many benefits of All-on-4 surgery are:
- Dentures don’t have to be taken out
- No adhesive required
- Better ability to chew
- Restore facial features
1-2 Weeks Post-Surgery
In the first few weeks after surgery, you will need to stick to a liquid diet and soft foods diet. You can begin drinking liquids immediately after surgery but should avoid warm beverages for the first few days. Warm liquids can burn the numb tissues in your mouth. Cold beverages like water, juice, and milk are good options until the numbness from anesthesia has resolved. The day after your dental implant surgery, you can begin eating very soft foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes, and frozen yogurt.
It’s very important that you stay hydrated following the procedure. Drinking fluids rich in nutrients will promote faster healing and speed up your recovery process. Note that you should avoid straws— the sucking motion can loosen blood clots and cause more bleeding.
2 Weeks to 3 Months Post-Surgery
After a couple of weeks, you can start eating soft foods. Your jaw is still healing, so you’ll need to avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods that can exacerbate pain and disrupt recovery. Some great options are:
- Soft breads, pastas, and oatmeal
- Mashed fruits and vegetables
- Easy to chew proteins like eggs, yogurt, hummus, and cheese
You’ll need to make some small adjustments to your diet during All-on-4 recovery in East Longmeadow and Northampton, but the result will be worth it. You can look forward to enjoying your favorite foods again and feeling confident in your brand-new smile.
About the Practice
Your team of dentists at EMA Dental provide a range of expert care in cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dentistry. Our specialist dentists are members of several esteemed organizations, including the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Association of Women Dentists, the American Dental Association, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. If you have questions about recovery from All-on-4 surgery, visit their website or give them a call at their Northampton office (413)584-4900 or their East Longmeadow location (413)731-8800.