After Dental Implant Surgery at Signature Smile


Dental implants in River Oaks are the only long-term solution that allows you to eat, speak, and smile just like you would with a natural, full set of teeth. One of the major benefits of dental implants in Royse City is being able to eat all your favorite foods with zero pain. But to get to that exciting stage of your dental implant journey, it’s important to follow our post-procedure food guidelines.

It’s our goal to aid your dental implants Royse City Texas success with a comfortable and speedy recovery. Continue reading to learn which foods our oral surgeons recommend after dental implant surgery in River Oaks Texas.

You can’t wait to show off that Hollywood smile you’ve always wanted. But you’ve got to undergo dental implant surgery first.

Dental implants at Signature Smile are an excellent alternative to bridgework or dentures that may not fit your mouth well. However, dental implant surgery is — well — surgery. So, you need to take the procedure seriously.

Can I Eat Immediately After Dental Implant Surgery?

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.

24-48 Hours Post-Op: Cool Liquid Diet

Here are some general guidelines on what you can and cannot consume immediately following your dental implant procedure:

  • For the first 24 to 48 hours, consume only cool liquids.
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks for several hours after surgery.
  • Do not drink through a straw or use a water bottle that requires suctions for at least 2 weeks. If you’ve had a sinus exposure or bone grafting, this is extended to 1 month.
  • To comply with your “Week One” dietary guidelines that our care team provides. Following these precautions will give your mouth a better chance to heal properly.

For the first three months of dental implant healing, you’ll be on a soft diet. 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. Not sure what a soft diet entails? No worries! Our care team will provide a list of food recommendations and be available to answer any questions you may have.

What you eat after dental implant surgery can make or break your overall experience. Here’s a rundown of five foods to eat after dental implant surgery, as they will accelerate your healing.

What Foods Can You Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?

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

Week One After Surgery: “No-Chew” Diet

  • Apple Sauce
  • Avocados (mashed)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Cottage cheese
  • Fruit ices and popsicles
  • Fruit juices, including nectars and juices with pulp
  • Jell-O
  • Liquid protein supplements like Boost, Ensure, Resource
  • Milk
  • Milkshakes
  • Pudding
  • Smoothies (seedless)
  • Soups (cream or broth)
  • Yogurt
  • Water

Week Two: Soft “Fork-Tender” Diet

From 2 weeks post-op until we place your definitive bridge, you need to eat only foods that are soft and easy to chew. Avoid hard and chewy foods like raw fruit, sandwiches, pizza crusts, etc. Instead, start with foods that are still quite soft; anything that can be cut with the side of a fork is suitable for this part of your diet.

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Soft fruits like bananas, mangos, peaches, and pears (avoid fruits with seeds, such as raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
  • Apple sauce
  • Steamed veggies

Meats and Other Protein Sources

  • Broiled fish
  • Roasted or chicken stew
  • Soups with small soft pieces of vegetables and meat
  • Tofu
  • Meatloaf

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 Soft Foods

  • Items from Week One list
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Ice cream
  • Applesauce
  • Cottage cheese
  • Scrambled eggs

What Foods Should I Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery?

Here are some foods you should avoid eating after your dental implant surgery:

  • Chips and pretzels
  • Crusty bread
  • Corn on the cob
  • Granola
  • Gum
  • Hard candy
  • Pizza (crust)
  • Raw apples and vegetables
  • Sub sandwiches
  • Steaming, hot foods


We love our patients and love to help them form healthy dental life that will last them a lifetime. For more information call us today to answer all of your questions so get an appointment