Recommended Food List Following Oral Surgery

Prepare for your oral surgery with New York City Oral Surgeon, Dr. Lloyd Klausner.

Patients who are well prepared for their surgery usually end up having a smoother recovery. We advise our patients to plan ahead and by some soft food items prior to surgery. The following are some examples of soft food items to be consumed following surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Removal or Dental Implant Placement, for example:

  • Hearty soups ( cream of asparagus, lentil, minestrone, split pea )
  • Juices ( cranberry, apple, grape), avoid citrus juices for a few days
  • Herbal Tea
  • Jell-O
  • Yogurt ( soft or frozen )
  • Pudding/Custard
  • Soft fruits ( banana, papaya, berries, canned peaches or pears)
  • Applesauce
  • Popsicles
  • Ice cream and milkshakes
  • Fresh cooked vegetables
  • Fruit smoothies/protein shakes
  • Oatmeal/cream of wheat
  • Eggs ( scrambled, soft boiled, egg salad)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Rice, Risotto
  • Tofu
  • Pasta ( plain or with sauce)
  • Fish ( soft white fish, sole, trout)

Please AVOID the following foods for the first week following surgery:

  • Spicy Foods
  • Foods that are difficult to chew ( steak, poultry, deli meats)
  • Popcorn, pretzels, potato chips
  • Crusty breads, bagels, cookies
  • Alcoholic beverages

On the day of surgery, begin with CLEAR FLUIDS ( juice, luke-warm broth, tea, Jell-O) and then progress slowly to more substantial foods. Remember, it is important to maintain nutrition for optimal healing to occur.