What To Eat After Dental Implant Surgery

Reviewed by Dr. Matthew Young, DDS

Recovering from dental implant surgery requires special care, especially when it comes to your diet. Eating soft foods is essential to protect the surgical site and promote healing.

This blog offers 50 delicious options to keep your nutrition on track while your mouth recovers.

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Key Takeaway

Soft foods are key to a comfortable recovery after dental implant surgery. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious options. Planning ahead and preparing soft meals before surgery can make your healing process much easier.

Why Soft Foods Are Essential

After dental implant surgery, your gums and jawbone need time to heal. Soft foods are gentle on the surgical area, minimizing irritation and pain. They also require less chewing, which is important during the initial recovery phase.

50 Soft Foods to Eat After Dental Implant Surgery

  1. Homemade popsicles using unsweetened juice
  2. Rice
  3. Cooked pasta
  4. Soft fruits (such as bananas and canned fruit)
  5. Nut butters (almond, peanut, cashew)
  6. Poached or cooked eggs
  7. Soft cheese (ricotta, brie, Camembert)
  8. Homemade frozen yogurt with seedless fruit and greek yogurt
  9. Tofu
  10. Cooked quinoa
  11. Risotto
  12. Mashed sweet potatoes
  13. Vegetable souffle
  14. Sherbet
  15. Cottage pie or shepherd’s pie
  16. Creamed spinach
  17. Baba ganoush
  18. Cooked lentils
  19. Chicken or egg salad (finely minced)
  20. Vegetable purees
  21. Soft croissants
  22. Roasted pumpkin
  23. Gazpacho (chilled, pureed tomato soup)
  24. Meatloaf (finely minced)
  25. Porridge
  26. Ham and bean soup
  27. Cottage cheese
  28. Mashed potatoes
  29. Applesauce
  30. Pureed soups (avoiding spicy and hot options)
  31. Steamed or cooked vegetables
  32. Baked beans (make sure they aren’t too hot)
  33. Cream of wheat
  34. Soft bread (avoiding crusty or chewy options)
  35. Pudding
  36. Hummus
  37. Yogurt (Greek yogurt is a great high-protein option)
  38. Scrambled eggs
  39. Oatmeal
  40. Smoothies (with protein powder for added nutrition)
  41. Avocado
  42. Ground chicken
  43. Macaroni and cheese
  44. Fish (baked or steamed)
  45. Jello
  46. Custard
  47. Cooked cereal
  48. Polenta
  49. Pancakes
  50. Grits

Recipes for a Smooth Recovery

Mashed Avocado and Egg Salad


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mash the avocados in a bowl.
  2. Chop the boiled eggs into small pieces.
  3. Mix the eggs with the mashed avocado.
  4. Add sour cream or mayo, salt, and pepper.
  5. Serve chilled.

Smoothie Bowl


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit (seedless fruit)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter


  1. Blend the Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and banana until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl.
  3. Top with a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes


  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Salt to taste


  1. Peel and boil the potatoes until tender.
  2. Mash the potatoes with milk, butter, and salt.
  3. Serve warm.

Foods to Avoid

Here are foods you should steer clear of after dental implant surgery:

Crunchy Foods

Foods such as chips, nuts, and raw vegetables, can irritate or damage the surgical site.

The pressure exerted during chewing can dislodge blood clots that are essential for healing, leading to complications such as dry sockets or infection. 

Small particles from these foods can get lodged in the surgical area, causing discomfort and potentially impeding proper healing.

Spicy Foods

Spicy ingredients like chili peppers and hot sauces can cause irritation to the sensitive tissues around the surgical site. This irritation may lead to increased pain, swelling, and inflammation, which can prolong the recovery time..

Acidic Foods

Foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes, with their high acid content, can erode the sensitive lining of the mouth, leading to increased discomfort and prolonged inflammation. This irritation can slow down the healing process and make the affected area more susceptible to infection.

Sticky Foods

Sticky foods, like caramel, taffy, and certain candies tend to cling to the teeth and gums, making it difficult to clean the surgical area thoroughly. The sticky residue left behind can foster bacterial growth, which increases the risk of infection at the surgical site.

Hot Foods

Hot beverages and soups can cause irritation and swelling in the sensitive tissues around the surgical site. Hot foods can disrupt blood clots that act as a protective barrier over the surgical site. This can lead to complications such as dry sockets or excessive bleeding.

Maintaining a Nutritious Diet

Though soft foods might seem to limit your diet, they can still offer a variety of flavors and essential nutrients. Integrating plenty of protein, maintaining hydration, and having frequent meals can help you to recover quicker. Experiment with different soft food recipes to keep your diet interesting and delicious.

Best Dental Implants in San Francisco

A well-nourished body leads to a beautiful, healthy smile. If you have any questions about your diet after dental implant surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by visiting our office at 490 Post Street Suite 830, San Francisco.

Our highly skilled dentists at Young Dental SF Group are dedicated to providing high-quality dental implants in San Francisco.

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