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What can you eat with dental implants?

Dental implants transform your world. Built to act like your natural teeth, you’ll be able to eat what you want for a lifestyle you’ll love.

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Eating with dental implants

Restore your confidence and get back to the moments that you miss. With dental implants, the menu is designed for you and your lifestyle.

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Live it up at game time

Barbecue with your friends and dig in like you used to.

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Get back to dinner

Enjoy family dinner again and order the meal you miss most: a juicy steak.

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Enjoy a movie

Take a seat and enjoy popcorn or sweets at the movies.

What to eat after dental implant surgery

Getting back to normal with implants may be faster than you expect. 
Learn when you can start enjoying your new smile after your implant placement surgery.

Day of surgery

On the day of your surgery, it’s best to give yourself 2 to 3 hours before you eat again. When you’re ready, focus on liquid foods, and don’t use a straw. If you’re experiencing discomfort, take any pain medication or antibiotics prescribed by your implant expert.

24 hours post-surgery

Within the first few days of your placement surgery, it’s important to take eating slowly. In the first 24 hours, focus on:

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Liquid smoothies or juices

  • Yogurt

  • Eggs

Expert insight
: eating soft foods is key. Anything that you can mash up with your fork is likely okay for you to eat.

5 days post-surgery

As you begin to heal, you can return to a normal diet and start enjoying food from home or at your favorite restaurants. Healing varies from a few days to few weeks, so slowly integrate:

  • Meats, like chicken & steak

  • Veggies, raw or cooked

  • Fruits, raw & cooked

Remember: if you have an implant denture, skip chewing any hard foods for extensive periods of time, and slowly start adding hard foods back into your diet after 1+ weeks.

Foods not to eat with dental implants

72 hours after placement

Within the first few days of dental implants, there are things you’ll want to skip:

  • Spicy foods

  • Hot tea or coffee

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Seeds or anything that can irritate your mouth as it heals

After your mouth heals for at least a week, slowly reintroduce these foods as you want.

What chew need to know

The value of chewing right

How you chew your foods matters as much as what you eat. Chewing your food correctly, by taking normal-sized bites, chewing slowly to break down you food, helps aid in digestion so you stay healthy overall.

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Live your way with dental implants

After a week of healing, you’ll be ready to eat what you want and get back to living your life your way. Learn what other benefits come with choosing dental implants and how they’ll transform your smile for the better.

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Eating FAQs

More questions about eating with implants? We’ve got you covered.

Dental implants are design to help restore you ability eat and chew properly. In fact, they enable you to get 90% of your chewing ability back, which is the highest among any teeth replacement solution. Because they function like your natural teeth, you can bite and chew similar to how you would with your natural teeth. Unlike with traditional dentures, they also allow you to use all of your taste buds by not covering the roof of your mouth.

Dental implants improve your comfort so you can enjoy the foods you had to give up due to tooth loss. Enjoy these foods again with implants:

  • Nuts

  • Apples

  • Chips

  • Popcorn

  • Steak

  • Wings

  • Celery

While most tooth loss treatments and tooth replacement solutions require special care and diet restrictions to prolong their longevity, they’re the leading option for eating the way you did with your natural teeth.

Depending on how many dental implants you have placed and how long it takes for your jaw to heal, you may be eating normally in as little as a few days to a few weeks.

When your dental implants are placed, they are implanted into your jawbone so they can fuse into the bone and act as a tooth roots in your smile. This provides stimulation to the bone to prevent bone loss while supporting your teeth. It also means that dental implants have 5x chewing ability that traditional dentures do.

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