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/Pork
  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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