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
    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

    1. Cold Cereal – soaked in milk until soft
    2. Cottage Cheese
    3. Cake
    4. Canned Peas
    5. Crab Cakes
    6. Cranberry Sauce
    7. Cream
    8. Cream of wheat – maybe a little to grainy depending on the type of dental surgery.
    9. Crème Brule
    10. Cupcake

    1. Custard
    2. Doughnuts
    3. Ensure
    4. Eggs (poached, fried or scrambled)
    5. Egg Nog
    6. Egg Noodles
    7. Egg Salad
    8. Fettuccine
    9. Fish
    10. Frozen Yogurt
    11. Fruit Juice
    12. Fruit Smoothies
    13. Fruit – soft or grind
    14. Gravy
    15. Grits – Maybe a little too grainy depending to the type of dental surgery.
    16. Ground Turkey
    17. Ground Beef
    18. Ground Chicken
    19. Guacamole
    20. Humus
    21. Ice cream
    22. Jell-O
    23. Juice vegetable
    24. Kefir
    25. Key Lime Pie
    26. Macaroni and cheese
    27. Malt-0-meal
    28. Mangos
    29. Mascarpone Cheese – Consider using it with soft scones (beat 1 (3 oz of cheese, 1 tsp powdered sugar, and 1 cup heavy whipping cream)
    30. Mashed potatoes
    31. Matzo Ball Soup
    32. Meatloaf
    33. Meatballs
    34. Melons (Very Ripe)
    35. Milk Shake – Avoid using a straw
    36. Miso Soup
    37. Mousse
    38. Muffins
    39. Oatmeal
    40. pancakes
    41. Pasta – cooked very soft
    42. Pies
    43. Polenta
    44. Pot roast with vegetables – cooked to falling apart
    45. Probiotics
    46. Protein Powder – can be added to any liquid meal for added energy and healing
    47. Pudding
    48. Ramen Noodles
    49. Refried Beans
    50. Ricotta cheese
    51. Risotto
    52. Rice
    53. Sandwich Meats
    54. Scrambled Eggs
    55. Sherbet
    56. Smoothies
    57. Soft bread – soak in soup
    58. Souffle

  1. Soup
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Spaghetti
  4. Spinach
  5. Steamed Vegetables
  6. Stew
  7. Sweet Potatoes
  8. Tapioca Pudding
  9. Tea
  10. Tofu
  11. Tuna Salad
  12. Waffles
  13. Yellow Squash
  14. 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

Dr. Michael and his staff focus on providing painless dental services in a welcoming atmosphere. His dental expertise includes general dentistry, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, oral & I.V. sedation, full mouth reconstruction, teeth bleaching, veneers, laser dentistry, metal-free crowns, inlays/onlays, and dentures to enhance both your health and appearance.