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4 Amazing Meals You Can Enjoy After Dental Implant Surgery

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When you choose dental implant surgery, the days after the surgery usually involves a lot of pain, discomfort, and healing. To help prevent infection and intense pain, there are lot of different protocols to follow. One of theses includes a special diet that can help reduce pain and swelling.

When dental implant surgery causes a strict diet, you can still enjoy a lot of different meals. By preparing the following four meals, you can get through your post-surgery with awesome flavors and savory recipes.

Tortellini Chicken Soup

Soft foods and broths and are some of the most common items to eat after dental implants are placed in your mouth. With a tortellini soup, you can mix a variety of flavors and keep your mouth protected with a lot of soft bites.

  • Ingredients: Three cans of chicken broth. Two packages of stuffed tortellini (flavor options are your choice and include cheese or spinach). One cup of white rice. Two chicken breasts. Two tablespoons of butter. 1/4 cup of milk. Salt & Pepper.
  • Heat the chicken broth and butter in a large pot until the butter melts.
  • Boil the chicken breasts until the meat is fully white. Boiling the breast will make it nice and soft so the bites do not cause pain or swelling on your implant.
  • Add the tortellini and rice to the broth.
  • Shred or cut the boiled chicken into small pieces and add it to the broth.
  • Heat for 30 minutes on low and serve warm.

Quiche Recipes

The softness of eggs makes them one of the more recommended foods to enjoy after getting implant surgery. By preparing a quiche, you can create a variety of recipes and enjoy the meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When eating the quiche, it's a good idea to take the top edge of the pie crust off, so the hard pieces do not cause pain to your implant.

  • Cheesy Quiche: Load up a quiche with a variety of cheeses. The cheeses melt right inside of the quiche, giving your soft bites and plenty of flavor.
  • Mushroom Asparagus Quiche: This vegetable-infused quiche is full of flavor and nutrients. When making this quiche, be sure to cut the mushrooms down into small bites.
  • Crustless Quiche: Remove the chance of biting into any hard pieces by preparing a crustless quiche. Instead of a pie crust, you can use a cake pan to form your recipe in.

Shepard's Pie

A home cooked classic, Shepard's Pie is basically a layered casserole with ground beef, corn, and mashed potatoes on the top. While mashed potatoes and ground beef are recommended for post-implant surgery, there may be some replacements to consider from a crunchy corn.

  • Creamed Corn: Make the meal as soft as possible by choosing a creamed corn. This will help keep the same flavors inside of your Shepard's pie.
  • French-style Green Beans: Cut into small shreds, the thin green beans are naturally soft and can absorb the juices from the ground beef to become even softer.
  • Peas: Peas can mush down and are a lot softer to chew than corn.
  • Cheese: Replace the whole middle section with a layer of cheese. Shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese blend well with the ground beef and potatoes.

Fruit Meals

Fruit is not only nutritious, but it provides a soft quality when it ripens and softens. A variety of fruit recipes can be prepared following your dental implant surgery.

  • Fruit Salad: Mix together a variety of fruits like watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, and blueberries. Let the fruit salad chill in the fridge for an hour so that the fruit can soak up juices and soften as much as possible.
  • Fruit Parfait: Enjoy a quick breakfast with a fruit parfait. Top fruit like strawberries and bananas with your favorite type of yogurt to create a simple parfait. Skip out on the granola to avoid the hard crunch.
  • Fruit Breads: Fruits can be blended with a variety of breads to create a soft and delicious meal. Examples include a fruit cake bread, banana breads, or strawberry infused breads.

After your surgery, a dentist like Dale D. Lentz DDS will typically give you a list of recommended foods. Use this list to create these recipes or come up with some additional creations of your own.