After undergoing dental implant surgery, it’s common to experience hunger, as you needed to refrain from eating for six to eight hours before the procedure. To aid your recovery, we offer essential recommendations on what to eat after dental implant surgery and the foods to avoid.

Dental implant surgery is a surgical procedure that necessitates post-operative care for successful recovery. Due to temporary effects on chewing ability, it is advised to consume soft foods exclusively for the next 14 days. By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure a smooth healing process and optimal results for your dental implant.

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What to eat after dental implant surgery?

After undergoing dental implant surgery, it’s essential to follow a soft-food diet to aid in the healing process and minimize any discomfort. In particular, soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and smoothies, are easy to chew and do not require excessive pressure, being gentle on the implant area, allowing for better recovery. 

Soft foods to eat after dental implants

You can ensure a smooth and comfortable healing after the surgery by incorporating these foods into your diet:

  • Liquid meals: This includes smooth soups, protein drinks, fruit smoothies, and various juices. It is advisable to choose nutritional drinks with high calcium content. However, consume citrus fruits moderately as they can damage tooth enamel despite being excellent sources of vitamin C.

  • Cooked cereals: Opt for healthy options like oatmeal topped with mashed berries or cream of wheat with cinnamon and butter. These cooked cereals provide essential nutrients and are easy on the teeth.

  • Scrambled eggs: A protein-rich option, scrambled eggs with soft cheese offer both nutritional benefits and a delicious, easy-to-chew breakfast.

  • Boiled potatoes: Boiled potatoes are a great choice for recovery. Enjoy them with butter and cream, and benefit from their rich vitamin C content, which promotes gum health.

  • Leafy greens: Kale and spinach are delightful when cooked with olive oil or butter. They are rich in calcium, which is crucial for healthy teeth. Be sure to eat them cooked to avoid potential damage to the gums and teeth.

Foods to avoid after dental implant

After dental implant surgery, it’s vital to avoid certain foods to ensure a smooth recovery and protect your dental implants, specifically:


  • Hard fruits and vegetables: Apples, pears, carrots, celery, and corn should be avoided as they can be harmful to your teeth. Opt for softer alternatives instead.
  • Spicy foods: Some spicy foods can cause irritation, slow down recovery, and increase the risk of infection. Avoid heavily seasoned dishes.
  • Sticky sweets: Taffy, bubble gum, and caramels can dislodge implants. Choose smoothies or yogurt for a sweet treat instead.
  • Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages can increase swelling and hinder recovery. Avoid alcohol for a few days after dental implant surgery.

If you have any doubts about what to eat after dental implant surgery or how long after dental implants you can eat normally,  don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation. At Mundo Dentistry, we also offer same-day implants for your convenience.

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