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A 47-year-old female asked:

how long after teeth extraction/bone graft on left and implant on right side can you safely eat more than liquid or soft food. ?

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Saleh Elahwal
Endodontics 35 years experience
Eating solid food : If implants are submerged or bone level the soft tissue will grow over them in couple of days during the healing process and you will be able to resume eating your regular food . Right now avoid hard and spicy food.Please follow the instructions given to you after the surgery.
Dr. Virginia Lee
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
USUALLY 4-7 DAYS : Generally, gently brushing over the area and rinsing with warm salt water starting the day after the surgery usually keeps the area pretty clean. Typically, the patients can gradually advance their diets to a normal diet by the 4-7 day, depending on how they feel.
Dr. Barry Levin
Periodontics 27 years experience
Depends on surgery: It really depends on the nature of the surgeries. If the extraction is healing normally, it is probably safer to eat on that side rather than where an implant was placed. I prefer not to work on both sides of the mouth at the same time, for this reason. It is nice to give a patient one side for function. Sometimes, active infections do not allow this approach and caution is indicated.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Periodontics 24 years experience
It depends: The best thing to do is to wait for the tissue to completely close over the wound to be sure the area is sealed. You can check on this yourself. Depending on the difficulty of the extraction and your body's healing this can take a few days or over a week. The wound closure is the most important factor. If bone particles were used, they can shift even after the tissue is closed. Be careful!
Dr. Sam Markzar
Dr. Sam Markzar commented
Periodontics 27 years experience
I might just add that if membranes are used to cover the bone graft properly, then longer healing time should be allowed. , but on average and usually, 2 weeks is the minimum amount after bone graft that i suggest starting to revert back to normal diet, if the patient HAS to.
Mar 31, 2014
Dr. Kristin Outlan
Dentistry 28 years experience
Include Fresh Juices: Many soft food choices are nutritionally sound. Most cannot match the vitamins and minerals found in fresh veggies and some fruits. These can be a challenge right after surgery. I suggest taking advantage of the popular trend of drinking green juices. Adding apple and carrot can make them more palatable. They are nutrient dense and can support tissue healing.

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