A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
If you have scheduled an appointment with your oral surgeon to start the dental implant process, then you have probably been informed that healing will need to occur for some time after the initial root is secured. Part of healing involves the formation of new bone cells around the implant root. As new cells build, they attach directly to the implant root and secure it in place. You will need to be patient as this process takes place. Generally, osseointegration will take three to six months, and you will be able to receive your crown tooth afterwards. If you are anxiously looking forward to receiving your tooth, then do your best to move the healing period along. Eating the right diet can help, so keep reading to learn about some diet tips that will lead to osseointegration success.
Increase Calorie Intake
Your body will need to utilize a great deal of energy after your oral surgery to repair the gum tissues along the surgical site. As the initial healing process takes place, the vast majority of excess calories you consume will go towards healing the gums. Afterwards, energy will be used to form new bone tissues along the jaw and to take care of other repairs that the body needs. The best way to make sure that your body has the energy to concentrate on tissue and bone healing is to increase your caloric intake. It can be difficult to determine how many extra calories your body needs to heal. However, a nominal increase of around 400 to 500 calories a day is a good guess to help with healing without causing weight gain. Keep in mind that weight gain is usually not a concern when your body is healing though, because your metabolism will increase to prepare your body for the healing process.
The best way to increase calories is to make sure that you provide your body with the extra energy it needs throughout the day. This means eating around 100 to 200 extra calories at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want to make the most out of your caloric increase, think about adding a few calorie dense foods to your meals that are also healthy. Granola, avocados, nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, and cheese are a few examples.
Eat Your Protein
While most people will understand that it is essential to increase calcium to build strong bones, this is not the only nutrient that you need to ensure that the osseointegration process occurs quickly and properly. In general, bones also need vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorous to grow strong and dense. Protein is essential to bone healing as well. Specifically, calcium is absorbed into the body with the assistance of protein. Lysine is the amino acid that assists with absorption, so make sure to eat at least one food a day with this essential amino acid. Tofu, tuna, beef, turkey, pork and parmesan cheese are a few foods that are high in lysine.
Not only does protein help the body to absorb calcium, but it also helps with the building of body tissues. This means that protein is used as a building block to form the gums and new cells across the jawbone. An increase in protein can help with the release of important growth factor chemicals too. While meat and cheese are good sources of protein, so are yogurt, eggs, cottage cheese, and quinoa. Think about eating at least one serving of a high protein food during each meal.
You will need to heal for some time after your dental implant is secured, and you can assist your body with the healing process by increasing caloric intake and by eating foods that are high in protein. Your oral surgeon may also have some suggestions on how to make it through the osseointegration process in a timely manner, so make sure to ask your dental professional about the healing tips that he or she may have.