What Can I Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?

What Can I Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?

Team Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the best replacement for missing or damaged teeth. They can transform your smile and boost your oral health.

While dental implants are good for your oral health, the aftermath of the surgery can be uncomfortable for a few days. Common-sense principles and always following your dentist's recommendations will help to smooth the process.

Many implant patients are concerned about what they will be able to eat after surgery. This blog will explain our recommendations.

Food Guidelines

After dental implant surgery, you will experience swelling, tenderness, and discomfort in your gums. You may also experience heat and cold sensitivity. Your dentist will recommend appropriate pain medications and give you extensive post-operative information to make your recovery easier.

First Few Days: Liquids and Soft Foods

For the first few days after your surgery, you will want to avoid foods that require chewing. Liquids and soft foods include soups that require no chewing, pudding, yogurt, smoothies, and juice.

Gradually Add Firmer Foods

As your implant sites feel better, you will want to add more substantial foods to your diet. Foods you can try in this stage include soft scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, tender meats, cooked pasta, and soft bread.

Meal Plan Ideas

Here is a suggested meal plan for the first few days after surgery:




Soft Scrambled Eggs


Cottage Cheese

Cooked Vegetables

Smooth Soup


Cooked Fish

Sauteed Spinach

Mashed Sweet Potatoes




Meal Replacement Shakes

What to Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery

While planning your post-surgery meals, you will want to keep these guidelines in mind.

For the first 24 hours, it is best if you avoid the following:

  • Hot foods
  • Frozen foods like ice cream
  • Spicy foods
  • Straws
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

After the first 24 hours and until your implant sites have fully healed, steer clear of the following. These foods will set your recovery back and could cause infection.

  • Hard foods: Ice, nuts, hard candy, etc.
  • Crunchy foods: Popcorn, potato chips
  • Chewy, tough foods: Steak, raw vegetables, beef jerky
  • Spicy foods: These will irritate your surgery site.
  • Sticky foods: Candy, caramel, taffy

Recovering From Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery recovery may be uncomfortable, but you will be the proud owner of new, fully functional teeth when your implants have healed. You will be able to eat and smile freely, and the temporary discomfort will be a thing of the past.

Properly caring for your new implants is necessary if you want to avoid infection and aggravating the surgery sites. Be sure to follow your dentist's instructions at all times and to avoid rushing your recovery.

Call Smile Shack

Call our office at 631-928-7500 if you have any questions during your recovery from dental implant surgery. If your pain and tenderness persist or worsen, call our office as soon as possible for help.