99 Foods To Eat After Dental Surgery, Implants, or Wisdom Teeth Extractions

“What do I eat after dental surgery?”, is a common question asked by many patients. Dental surgery can be a daunting task but the recovery can be even more stressful if you don’t know what to eat. Sarasota Dentistry has compiled a list of foods to eat following dental surgery, dental implants or wisdom teeth extractions. These foods are also good for patients having periodontal surgery. Keep in mind that each surgery is different and you should follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions regarding what is acceptable to eat. Some surgeries require a patient to be on a liquid diet for so long and then progress to soft foods. Any of the foods to eat after dental surgery listed below can be liquified using a blender – our favorite is the Vita-mix. These liquifying blenders can also make a variety of flavorful, healthy drinks or smoothies which can include raw vegetables that are extremely helpful in the healing process. It may not sound good, but Dr. Michael’s kids actually drink raw spinach in their smoothie and they like it! It just depends what else is mixed with it… Be adventurous!

Comprehensive List of Foods To Eat After Dental Surgery, Implants, or Wisdom Teeth Extractions

    1. Applesauce
    2. Avocado
    3. Baby Food
    4. Baked Beans – mashed if necessary
    5. Black Beans – mashed if necessary
    6. Baked Apples
    7. Bananas
    8. Biscuits – flakey, soft or soaked to become soft after surgery biscuit
    9. Broccoli – steamed soft
    10. Broth
    11. Butternut Squash – cooked soft
    12. Carnation Instant Breakfast Drinks
    13. Carrots -steamed soft
    14. Casseroles
    15. Cheese
    16. Cheesecake
    17. Clams and Clam Chowder
    18. after dental surgery clam chowder

    19. Cold Cereal – soaked in milk until soft
    20. Cottage Cheese
    21. Cake
    22. Canned Peas
    23. Crab Cakes
    24. Cranberry Sauce
    25. Cream
    26. Cream of wheat – maybe a little to grainy depending on the type of dental surgery.
    27. Crème Brule
    28. Cupcake
    29. soft cupcake after dental extraction

    30. Custard
    31. Doughnuts
    32. Ensure
    33. Eggs (poached, fried or scrambled)
    34. Egg Nog
    35. Egg Noodles
    36. Egg Salad
    37. Fettuccine
    38. Fish
    39. Frozen Yogurt frozen yogurt after dental surgery
    40. Fruit Juice
    41. Fruit Smoothies
    42. Fruit – soft or grind
    43. Gravy
    44. Grits – Maybe a little too grainy depending to the type of dental surgery.
    45. Ground Turkey
    46. Ground Beef
    47. Ground Chicken
    48. Guacamole
    49. Humus
    50. Ice cream
    51. Jell-O
    52. Juice vegetable
    53. Kefir
    54. Key Lime Pie
    55. Macaroni and cheese
    56. Malt-0-meal
    57. Mangos
    58. Mascarpone Cheese – Consider using it with soft scones (beat 1 (3 oz of cheese, 1 tsp powdered sugar, and 1 cup heavy whipping cream)
    59. Mashed potatoes
    60. Matzo Ball Soup
    61. Meatloaf
    62. Meatballs meatballs after dental surgery
    63. Melons (Very Ripe)
    64. Milk Shake – Avoid using a straw
    65. Miso Soup
    66. Mousse
    67. Muffins
    68. Oatmeal
    69. pancakes
    70. Pasta – cooked very soft pasta after dental surgery
    71. Pies
    72. Polenta
    73. Pot roast with vegetables – cooked to falling apart
    74. Probiotics
    75. Protein Powder – can be added to any liquid meal for added energy and healing
    76. Pudding
    77. Ramen Noodles
    78. Refried Beans
    79. Ricotta cheese
    80. Risotto
    81. Rice
    82. Sandwich Meats
    83. Scrambled Eggs
    84. Sherbet
    85. Smoothies
    86. Soft bread – soak in soup
    87. Souffle
    88. souffle after dental extractions

    89. Soup
    90. Sour Cream
    91. Spaghetti
    92. Spinach
    93. Steamed Vegetables
    94. Stew pot roast after dental implants
    95. Sweet Potatoes
    96. Tapioca Pudding
    97. Tea
    98. Tofu
    99. Tuna Salad
    100. Waffles
    101. Yellow Squash
    102. Yogurt

    Foods To Avoid Following Dental Surgery, Implants or Wisdom Teeth Extractions

    • Tomatos or tomato sauce – acidic and may burn or cause pain immediately after dental surgery
    • Orange Juice – be cautious with OJ or any other acidic juices. They may cause burning or pain if ingested too soon after dental surgery.
    • Seeds – anything seedy may get stuck in a surgery site and cause discomfort or get infected.
    • Cracked Pepper – much like a seed this can get lodged and cause pain.
    • Popcorn – the corn hulls can become lodged
    • Spicy Foods – may lead to pain and discomfort
    • Crunchy or Difficult to Chew Foods – these foods may interfere with the blood clotting following dental surgery
    • Over-the-counter Mouth Rinse – it’s not a food but patients commonly use mouth rinses such as Listerine or Scope following a dental surgery and it significantly interferes with healing so it’s worth mentioning. Dentists will usually prescribe a safe mouth rinse, such as Chlorhexadine Gluconate (Peridex), flowing dental surgery.

    Sarasota Dentistry Provides General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Sarasota, FL

    Dr. Michael has been practicing dentistry and performing dental surgery and dental implants in his home town of Sarasota since 2001. Dr. Michael and his team are committed to providing patients with the very best dental care and educating them on how to preserve their smile… especially after dental surgery. If you are a patient of Sarasota Dentistry and are having any questions regarding what you should be eating after dental surgery, please call the office at 941-929-7645 or email us today.

    Dr. Hank Michael DMD
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