1. The interim (temporary) prosthesis is completely plastic with no metal reinforcement. It is strong enough to keep your implants safe, but not strong enough to withstand large biting/chewing forces.
2. The implant needs time to fuse to the bone. Excess pressure from biting forces could hinder that process.
The definitive (permanent) prosthesis will be made out of strong materials that will allow you to resume a normal diet. Not following the guidelines presented to you in the office can result in a much higher risk for implant failure.
The number one rule to help you know if it's soft enough is if you can easily cut it with a plastic fork
We have compiled some ideas as to what you can eat. Click on the link for the recipe
- Applesauce - Cook apples till tender and blend or store bought. You can also try apricots and peaches.
- Avocado - Mashed plain or mixed with your preference.
- Baby Food - If you want already made puree, baby food is not a terrible substitution
- Bananas - Mash up well and eat with yogurt or some milk.
- Congee - A type of rice poridge that can be mixed with a variety of flavors.
- Cottage Cheese - Plain or mixed with soft fruit (Peaches).
- Cream of Wheat/Oatmeal - Mix in your favorite flavorings including honey, syrup or some mashed banana.
- Eggs - Scrambled or poached with some soft melted cheese.
- Protein Powder - Can be added to any liquid meal for added energy and healing
- Protein Shakes - Ensure, Premier, Farlife, Etc (example: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry)
- Smoothies - Mix up some fresh fruit, milk and ice cream in the blender.
- Yogurt - Avoid any that have seeds such as berry or passion fruit flavors.
- Baked Beans - Tinned and mashed are softest.
- Broth - Chicken, beef or vegetable make a nice savory treat.
- Casseroles - Soft and well cooked casserole with plenty of liquid.
- Clams - Smooth and creamy, go down easy.
- Fish - Soft tuna, Tilapia, Salmon.
- Macaroni & Cheese - Make sure it's well cooked and soft noodles
- Mashed Potatos - Make sure to blend or mash all the lumps out.
- Meatloaf or Meatballs - Mashed up a littie to avoid too much chewing
- Mushy Peas/Beans - Or refried beans.
- Pasta/Noodles- Small or flat soft pasta that does not require much chewing or slurping
- Rice - Make sure it's soft cooked.
- Risotto - Make sure the rice is well cooked
- Sloppy Joe - Without the bun
- Spaghetti - Soft Tender Noodles
- Spinach - Creamed or mashed. Helps raise iron levels so you heal faster.
- Soup - (Example: Tomato, Pumkin, Split Pea, Cream of mushroom) very tasty and soft
- Stew -Veggie stews cooked for an extended period in a slow cooker will be soft and savory.
- Vegetables - pumpkin, cauliflower, zucchini, butternut squash, Yams, carrots Mash, Steamed, or blend
- Tofu - Mash or cube it and mix with soy sauce or other flavoring.
- Custard - Make it fresh or buy already made.
- Jell-O - Soft and easy to eat.
- Mousse - Strawberry or chocolate.
- Nut ButterS - Well ground to avoid small pieces lodging in open gums.
- Pudding - Chocolate or fruit.
- Ramen Noodles - A quick and easy noodle broth soup.
- Sherbet/Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt - Just avoid any that contain seeds or nuts.