Recovery Tips: Healing Foods To Eat After Dental Implant Surgery

Your dental implants should last a lifetime with proper care and the help of your dental implant specialist. But, just as your dentist has probably told you, the recovery period is very important to ensure the success of your implants. The following is a guide that should help you recover quickly and successfully.

Why Do You Need The Right Foods

Your dental implant specialist probably explained the procedure you have just undertaken. You know that there had to be some jawbone penetration to install your new implants; your recovery period could take months because the implants must fuse with your bone and gum tissue. You have the power to help your body during this healing process by simply choosing the right foods to eat. Your body needs foods that will help heal your jawbone as well as your gum tissue.

Rebuilding Your Gum Tissue

You will need vitamin C, A, E, and B1 to help your body rebuild gum tissue. The reason that you need these vitamins is because they are essential for the production of collagen. Collagen is what makes up most of your gum tissue; plus collagen helps to keep your skin looking young. Consider eating some of the following foods:

  • Fish
  • Red vegetables such as red bell peppers
  • Dark vegetables like broccoli or spinach
  • Orange vegetables like carrots or sweet potato
  • All berries
  • Soy products
  • Citrus fruits
  • Garlic
  • Oysters

Remember to stay with softer foods, especially during the early stages of your recovery as your dental implant specialist suggested.

Rebuilding Your Jawbone

You already know that bones are mostly made of calcium. So to help your body rebuild your jawbone you definitely need to keep your refrigerator stocked with milk and other calcium-rich foods. But calcium is not the only thing your body needs to heal your jawbone tissue. Your body also needs vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium correctly. You can freely get vitamin D by soaking up the sun.

Your body also needs a hefty amount of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 helps your body sort out calcium by pinpointing any weak areas in your body. Your jawbone has just been through a very damaging procedure. Vitamin K2 will detect your jawbone's need for calcium and send the right amount to that area. 

You can get vitamin K2 from the following foods:

  • Raw and aged cheeses
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut or salami
  • Fermented drinks like Kombucha

As you can see, you can help your body heal properly by simply eating the right foods. Talk to your dentist, like those at Tijeras Dental Service, about good post-operation care, and you'll be on the right track in no time.