Nutrition

Nutrition refers to the intake of nourishment, such as the fluids and fuels we need to survive. In order to facilitate healing, nutrient needs are increased following surgery. The presence of surgical incisions in or around the mouth and postoperative swelling may make it more difficult to chew and swallow normally after oral and maxillofacial surgery. The chosen procedure may further necessitate a diet limited in consistency.

Following surgery, make sure to drink lots of water (6-8 glasses/day) and take in about 2,000 calories a day. A protein increase may be suggested to further promote healing.
Following surgery in the mouth, your oral & maxillofacial surgeon may recommend a liquid or soft diet for a short time to avoid inadvertently injuring your surgical site. Activities that may physically disrupt clotting and healing should be avoided. Questions or concerns regarding these activities should be directed to your oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
In the past, patients undergoing jaw and fracture surgery had their jaws immobilized to promote healing by wiring or using elastic rubber bands to hold the teeth together. This technique is not as common, but may still be necessary in some cases. More commonly small screws and fixation appliances are used for accurate and predictable healing, which need not be removed following healing.

After surgery, swelling may make it difficult to consume any solid foods, so make sure to drink lots of liquids. You may also ask your surgeon about additional proprietary liquid nutritional supplements.

A 3-6 week+ non-chewing diet should be maintained until your oral & maxillofacial surgeon specifically approves a move to a more solid diet.

A liquid diet will be necessary until the teeth are released for patients whose teeth are wired or rubber-banded together.