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Recovering From Jaw Surgery: What to Eat

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Advanced Center Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
3 rows of bowls showing a colorful variety of soft foodsAfter undergoing jaw surgery, your recovery journey involves rest and mindful adjustments to your diet. Nourishing your body adequately during this period is crucial for optimal healing. Let us delve into the dietary guidelines you should follow to promote a smooth recovery journey.

Week 1: Embracing The Liquid Diet

During the initial phase of your recovery, typically spanning the first week post-surgery, your jaw will be delicate and sensitive. To accommodate this, you will need to stick to a liquid diet. This entails consuming nourishing liquids such as soups, broths, smoothies, and juices. These options provide essential nutrients while being easy to swallow, reducing strain on your healing jaw. Consider incorporating protein supplements to support the healing needs of your body during this critical phase.

Weeks 2-3: Transitioning to a Non-Chew Diet

As you progress into the second and third weeks, you can gradually transition to a non-chew diet. This phase involves incorporating soft foods that require minimal chewing. Opt for foods easily mashed or pureed, such as mashed potatoes and yogurt. These foods provide essential nutrients while minimizing strain on your healing jaw.

Weeks 4-6: Introducing Soft-Chew Foods

By the fourth week of your recovery, your jaw muscles will have strengthened, allowing you to start incorporating soft-chew foods into your diet. This phase of your recovery presents a wider range of options as the food can be easily cut into small pieces and requires minimal chewing effort to avoid discomfort. You can remove your elastics while eating and put them back on afterward.

Weeks 7-8 and Beyond: Gradually Resuming Normal Diet

As you approach the seventh and eighth weeks post-surgery, you can gradually resume a normal diet, albeit with some precautions. While you may be eager to enjoy your favorite foods again, it is essential to reintroduce them slowly and cautiously. Start with small portions and gradually increase food texture and complexity as your jaw recovers.

Take the first step toward a successful recovery by implementing these dietary recommendations. If you have any concerns regarding your diet during recovery, do not hesitate to consult our dentist provider for guidance and support.

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