October 18, 2021
Tired of your dentures slipping? Do you want a denture that doesn’t need repairing or relining after only a year? No matter the issues, you can enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth in one day. Implant posts serve as new tooth roots to create a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile. Same-day teeth offers a faster implant procedure, but you won’t be able to chow down on a juicy steak right away. Here are a few things you need to know about eating and drinking after same-day teeth surgery.
Implant Dentures Without the Hassle
A traditional implant denture requires a multi-phased treatment process that can take several months to complete. This isn’t the case with same-day teeth. Fewer implant posts are used, and you can be fitted with a denture the same day as your placement surgery.
Although you’ll walk out of the office with a complete, beautiful smile, your jawbone still needs to integrate with the posts. You can avoid unnecessary complications by following the aftercare instructions provided by your implant dentist, which will likely include a few temporary dietary restrictions.
Recovering from Same-Day Teeth Surgery
You won’t feel any discomfort during your placement surgery because a local numbing agent and a sedative will ensure a pain-free procedure. After the effects of the medications wear off, your mouth is going to be tender for a few days. You can manage it using any prescribed or OTC pain relievers. Applying a cold compress to the outside of the face can also numb the area while also reducing bruising and swelling. Although your mouth will be sore, it’s important to follow the oral hygiene routine provided by your dentist.
Besides keeping your mouth clean and taking it easy, your dentist will recommend a few dietary changes.
Eating After Same-Day Teeth Surgery
It’s best to stick to a soft or liquid diet for about a week because your mouth and throat will be sore. Be sure to temperature check any hot foods or drinks to avoid accidental burns. You will also want to skip hot or spicey items for the first few days to avoid irritating the healing tissue. Choose nutritious foods, like smoothies or yogurt, to promote the recovery process and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Don’t use a straw for a couple of weeks because it can dislodge blood clots prematurely and delay healing.
After about 3-4 days, your discomfort will improve. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods soon enough, which is a small price to pay for the benefits you’re gaining.
About Dr. David Earnest
Dr. Earnest earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He regularly continues his training in advanced procedures, like same-day teeth. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. If you’re ready to invest in dental implants, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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