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Concluding your dental implant surgery, it’s important to eat the proper foods that assist with your healing process. It is extremely important to be on a soft diet for the first three months of healing. During this time your dental implants are integrating, and you’re wearing a temporary prosthesis that is not meant to be used to chew hard or crunchy foods.

About an hour after dental implant surgery, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat. Be sure to eat foods that are soft for the first 24 hours after surgery. Avoid hot foods and drinks for several hours after surgery. Also, do not drink from a straw for at least 24 hours. These precautions will give your mouth a better chance to heal properly.

What Foods Can You Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?

The first few days of your implant surgery it is advised you do NOT drink through a straw when you’re healing from your dental implant procedure.

Here is a list of foods you should eat concluding your implant surgery.

  • Liquid Diet
    • Water
    • Fruit juices, including nectars and juices with pulp
    • Milk
    • Coffee / Tea
    • Soup broth
    • Jell-O
    • Pudding
    • Strained creamy soups
    • Fruit Ices and Popsicles
    • Milkshakes
    • Boost, Ensure, Resource, and other liquid supplements
  • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Soft fruits like bananas, mangoes, peaches, and pears (avoid fruits with seeds, such as raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
    • Apple Sauce
    • Steamed Vegetables
  • Meats and Other Protein Sources
    • Broiled Fish
    • Roasted or Chicken Stew
    • Soups with small soft pieces of vegetables and meat
    • Tofu
  • Bread, Pasta, or Rice
    • Soft loaves of bread
    • Waffles
    • Pancakes
    • Muffins
    • Spaghetti, Macaroni, Rice pasta
    • Cooked, refined cereals, such as cream of rice, oatmeal, grits, or farina (Cream of Wheat)
  • Other
    • Pudding
    • Yogurt
    • Oatmeal
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Ice cream
    • Applesauce
    • Cottage cheese
    • Scrambled eggs


It is important to remember to eat daily, skipping your daily nourishment can turn critical to your recovery. The first few days of eating may be a little uncomfortable so it’s important to follow your dietary restrictions and eat the recommended foods to ensure you’re not aggravating your healing process. For more helpful information about dental implants, please visit our website at