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
  18. Cold Cereal – soaked in milk until soft
  19. Cottage Cheese
  20. Cake
  21. Canned Peas
  22. Crab Cakes
  23. Cranberry Sauce
  24. Cream
  25. Cream of wheat – maybe a little to grainy depending on the type of dental surgery.
  26. Crème Brule
  27. Cupcake
  28. Custard
  29. Doughnuts
  30. Ensure
  31. Eggs (poached, fried or scrambled)
  32. Egg Nog
  33. Egg Noodles
  34. Egg Salad
  35. Fettuccine
  36. Fish
  37. Frozen Yogurt
  38. Fruit Juice
  39. Fruit Smoothies
  40. Fruit – soft or grind
  41. Gravy
  42. Grits – Maybe a little too grainy depending to the type of dental surgery.
  43. Ground Turkey
  44. Ground Beef
  45. Ground Chicken
  46. Guacamole
  47. Humus
  48. Ice cream
  49. Jell-O
  50. Juice vegetable
  51. Kefir
  52. Key Lime Pie
  53. Macaroni and cheese
  54. Malt-0-meal
  55. Mangos
  56. Mascarpone Cheese – Consider using it with soft scones (beat 1 (3 oz of cheese, 1 tsp powdered sugar, and 1 cup heavy whipping cream)
  57. Mashed potatoes
  58. Matzo Ball Soup
  59. Meatloaf
  60. Meatballs
  61. Melons (Very Ripe)
  62. Milk Shake – Avoid using a straw
  63. Miso Soup
  64. Mousse
  65. Muffins
  66. Oatmeal
  67. pancakes
  68. Pasta – cooked very soft
  69. Pies
  70. Polenta
  71. Pot roast with vegetables – cooked to falling apart
  72. Probiotics
  73. Protein Powder – can be added to any liquid meal for added energy and healing
  74. Pudding
  75. Ramen Noodles
  76. Refried Beans
  77. Ricotta cheese
  78. Risotto
  79. Rice
  80. Sandwich Meats
  81. Scrambled Eggs
  82. Sherbet
  83. Smoothies
  84. Soft bread – soak in soup
  85. Souffle
  86. Soup
  87. Sour Cream
  88. Spaghetti
  89. Spinach
  90. Steamed Vegetables
  91. Stew
  92. Sweet Potatoes
  93. Tapioca Pudding
  94. Tea
  95. Tofu
  96. Tuna Salad
  97. Waffles
  98. Yellow Squash
  99. 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.