If you read our most recent blog post, you are aware of the many advantages that come with All on 4 Surgery. The process is truly revolutionizing the world of dental implants, allowing people to receive a beautiful uniform set of teeth. The Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants believes it is important for patients to be knowledgeable about the procedures we offer. Knowledge is power, and as a patient, we want to make sure you feel in charge. Many patients who inquire about the procedure want to know more about Eating with All on 4, so we thought it would make for a great topic!
Eating with All on 4
Immediately after the surgery, as you might expect, most people aren’t particularly hungry. Chances are you will be on medication, and your diet will be very simple.
For the first six days, it is recommended that a patient sticks to soft, cold foods. Soft food is suggested to minimize the chance of food particles getting trapped and contaminating the wound. Extremely hot food or drink should be avoided as well to ensure the incisions are not agitated. After each meal, a patient should thoroughly rinse their mouth with mouthwash prescribed by the doctor.
Things to Avoid
- Avoid food like popcorn, seeds (sesame, poppy, seeded fruit, etc.); as they can become stuck and lead to an infection.
- Avoid using a straw for the first week or so; as the straw may dislodge a blood clot and delay healing.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking will also delay healing and interfere with regeneration.
After the Initial Period
The healing process differs for each person, as such it is difficult for us to give an exact timeframe for when you can return to eating normally. When speaking with Dr. Farber or any Farber Center periodontist, don’t be afraid to ask questions. We are here to help! For more information visit our website: LongIslandPerio.com or call 800.616.7010.