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.