In the long-term, a dental implant will not have a negative impact on your diet. In fact, you may find that you can chew and eat more foods.
Immediately after surgery, however, you’ll have to stick to a soft food diet for as long as 10 days. Dental implants usually require a few surgical operations to complete. You may have to have your old tooth extracted and the jawbone prepared for the implant. Then there’s the placement of the implant itself and, after a healing period, the placement of the false tooth on the implant.
After each surgical stage, you’ll need to allow your mouth time to heal. This means not eating hard or sticky foods that could unravel stitches or become lodged in the surgery site.
A soft food diet doesn’t mean you’re just limited to soups and milkshakes though. Eggs, fish, yogurt, cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, and cream of wheat are all considered soft foods and shouldn’t harm the surgery site. You’re encouraged to be creative with your soft foods. If you’re feeling adventurous, try cooking something you have never had before.
As always, it’s best to follow the instructions of your surgeon. Try asking him or her for food recommendations too. Who knows, you might discover something new.