What to eat after dental implant surgery

Easily chewable, soft foods are the ideal thing to eat after oral or dental implant surgery, especially during the first few days. There are a large number of wonderful  soft and tender foods to pick from.

It is essential to combine protein and foods that are rich in fiber  after oral surgery to provide proper nutrition for optimum recuperating. To get increased fiber from the foods you take in, you can prepare smoothies with fruit, and eat soft fruits like bananas or canned fruit. Brown rice, oatmeal or other whole grains may also be chosen, just as long as they are completely cooked. Protein can be gained in the form of cut up eggs, ground meats, fish, and dairy products  or nutrition shakes. Staying hydrated is also important for prompt healing time.  After having undergone  oral surgery in Seattle, I was extremelycareful as to the foods I decided to eat, simply because it is crucial to take correct care of your entire mouth after any type of dental procedure – especially maxillofacial surgery like the surgery I underwent.

By properly selecting the foods you eat you can often make eating simpler. These are a quick list of suggestions that might just help:

  • Brittle, sticky, and pointy or sharp foods should be avoided.
  • Colder foods like smoothies, puddings, ice cream and sherbet  will help with mouth pain, while pureed foods and drinks are much less of a bother to swallow, even after painful oral surgery.
  • Eat foods cold or at room temperature. Hot foods can bother a tender mouth and healing gums.
  • Cook foods until they are soft.
  • Make use of a blender or food processor to puree your food.
  • Cut foods into small pieces.
  • Cook foods in sauces or liquids.
  • Mix food with butter, gravies and sauces to make swallowing easier and less painful.
  • Include sauces on vegetables.

These are some specific meal and food ideas:

  • Soft casseroles such as Tuna casserole, Tamales, Lasagna
  • Meals with eggs such as scrambled, poached eggs, Quiche or egg salad
  • Veggies mashed or pureed~pureed~mashed} such as peas and carrots or baby foods
  • Rice Pudding
  • Polenta
  • Creamed Corn
  • Hot Cereals Like Oatmeal, Grits And Cream-Of-Wheat
  • Soft Breads and Muffins
  • Miso soup with soft tofu
  • Pasta Cooked To a more tender Consistency
  • Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes without Skin
  • Avocados, Asparagus, Peas, Carrots, Lima Beans, String Beans (All Pureed or Mashed)
  • Canned Bartlett Pears
  • Jello
  • Pound Cake (everyone’s favorite!)
  • Skinless Vegetables That Cook To A very soft Consistency Or Can Be Mashed, Like Carrots, Cauliflower
  • Canned Tuna Or Chicken
  • Soft Meat and Ground Meats That Have Been Well-Cooked – Braised Meats Or Meats Cooked In A Crock-Pot are specially good for this purpose.
  • Meats that have been chopped or ground
  • Foods cooked or simmered in liquids (ex: stews, hearty soups)
  • Tofu
  • Soft cooked Legumes With Soft Skins Like Baked Beans
  • Pureed or Blended Soups and sauces
  • Finely Grated, Melted Cheese
  • Ice Cream – (yummy!)
  • Pudding
  • Protein Powder Shakes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cold Cereal Soaked In Milk
  • Scrambled Eggs, Omelets Or Quiche
  • Pancakes or French Toast With Butter And Syrup Or Fruit Sauce
  • Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta Dishes With A Cheese, Cream Or Tomato/Cream Sauce
  • Buttered Noodles with Parmesan Cheese
  • Perogies with Sour Cream
  • Pasta Or Potato Salad
  • Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Pate, Liverwurst, Guacamole, Hummus Or Cream Cheese Spread On A Slice Of Soft, Crustless, Buttered Bread
  • Chunky Soups, Stews, Shepherd’s Pie or Pot Pie
  • Chicken A La King, Creamed Seafood
  • Baked Beans
  • Fish Poached or Cooked In a Sauce
  • Baked Or Broiled Fish
  • Broiled Or Stewed Chicken (Finely Chopped)
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bread Softened With Gravy
  • Meatloaf or Meatballs
  • Soft Cooked Vegetables With A Cheese Or Cream Sauce
  • Melon, Avocado, Bananas
  • Canned Fruit With Cottage Cheese
  • Cream Pies Or Sponge Cake With Custard Sauce
  • Soft Boiled or Poached Eggs
  • Hot Cereals Such As Oat Bran, Cream Of Wheat, Corn Meal, Oatmeal, Congee
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Hearty Broth Based Soups, Borscht, Congee, Cream Soups Or Chowders (Blended If Necessary), Split Pea, Lentil Or Bean Soup
  • Ground Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken Or Turkey Cooked In Gravy
  • Add Strained “Baby” Meats Or Canned Fish To Soups, Sauces Or Gravies
  • Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Turnips, Yams Or Squash
  • Creamed Corn Or Blended Vegetables
  • Cooked Puddings Such As Tapioca, Rice, Bread Or Custard
  • Ice Cream, Sherbet Or Other Frozen Desserts
  • Jello
  • Applesauce, Stewed, Mashed Or Pureed Fruits
  • Pureed Berries Put Through A Strainer To get rid of Skins And Seeds
  • Cooked Fruits minus the Seeds or Skins such as Apples And Pears
  • Mashed or cut up bananas
  • Canned Cherries, Mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears
  • Soft ripe Blueberries, Guava, Papaya, Mango, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Peeled plum


Liquid Food Ideas

  • Vegetable or Fruit Juice
  • Toddler Breakfast Cereals Or Rice Cereals Thinned With Milk
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast or Slim Fast
  • Meal Replacement Drinks (Boost Plus®, Ensure Plus®, Meal Cal Plus®)
  • Milk, Soy Milk Or Almond Milk
  • Smoothing or milkshakes
  • Yogurt Drinks
  • Eggnog
  • Buttermilk
  • Hot Chocolate or Café Au Lait
  • Ovaltine® or Postum® Made With Milk
  • Strained Or Blended Soups
  • Juices Or Nectars 
  • Iced Tea Or Fruit Flavored Drinks Such As Kool Aid®
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Popsicles, Sherbet, Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt Bars
  • Cold Tomato Soup
  • Soups

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