Town Center Dentistry, home of the dental implant experts, breaks down food and diet restraints after the Dental Implant procedure in Rancho Bernardo.

After restoring your radiant smile with dental implants, one of the first things you might want to do is head out for a celebratory meal at your favorite restaurant. But not so fast—oral surgery is serious business, whether you were anesthetized/sedated or not, and adjusting your diet during the recovery period is one of the most important things you can do to help your mouth heal.

At Dental Implant Experts, our world-class professionals will revive your bright smile, but it’s up to you to ensure your recovery is comfortable, swift, and free of complications.

Day of dental implant surgery

During the first 24 hours, confine your food intake to liquids, such as smoothies and milkshakes, but DO NOT use straws—sucking can dislodge blood clots and cause more bleeding. Also, avoid carbonated beverages and very hot foods or drinks.

Foods to eat day of dental implant surgery

  • Water
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Coffee/tea (at warm temperatures, not hot)
  • Broth
  • Non-chunky soup such as tomato
  • Protein shakes
  • Meal-replacement shakes

First few days after dental implant surgery

You can transition to pureed foods after the first day of recovery, but it’s still important to avoid using straws and consuming extremely hot foods. 

Food to eat during the first few days after surgery

  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Ice cream
  • Applesauce
  • Cottage cheese
  • Chunkier soups pureed in a blender

Up to two weeks after dental implant surgery

As you start to feel better you can move onto soft chewable food, but take note: not all “soft” foods are advisable. You’ll want to avoid anything that can get lodged in the surgical areas, like rice, quinoa, and other small grains, and of course, stay far away from anything crunchy like nuts and chips that can cause trauma to your gums. If the list of recommended soft foods sounds too confining to your diverse palette, it might be helpful to chop heartier food into small pieces or puree in a blender.

Foods to eat up to two weeks after dental implant procedure

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soups
  • Ground beef
  • Baked or broiled fish
  • Broiled or stewed chicken (finely chopped)
  • Pasta
  • Soft bread
  • Tofu
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Soft fruits like bananas, mangoes, peaches and pears (although avoid fruits with seeds, such as raspberries, strawberries, etc.)

Foods to eat during your recovery from dental implant surgery

Changing your entire diet for a couple weeks might seem daunting, but keeping nourished is crucial to your recovery. Don’t skip meals, and if you’re diabetic, talk with your doctor about specific dietary recommendations. Proper nourishment will help you feel better, gain strength, and heal faster, so eat up and save that celebratory dinner for later.

Considering dental implants?


At Dental Implant Experts in San Diego, we’ve been performing dental implant procedures for decades and we can answer all your questions, whether you’re just beginning to consider dental implants or you’re ready to book an appointment. We even offer same-day implant services, so if you want to boost your summer smile wattage pronto, give us a call!