What to Eat After Oral or Maxillofacial Surgery

After oral or maxillofacial surgery, you won’t be able to eat certain foods for at least a few days.

Post Oral Surgery Foods

You can’t eat anything crunchy, hard or chewy, and you must generally avoid or spicy foods too. In many cases, we will advise you to stick to a liquid or soft food diet.

So you know what you can’t drink and eat, but what can you have? We have some suggestions.

Beverages That Are Allowed after Oral or Maxillofacial Surgery

Immediately after your oral surgery, you won’t be able to chew anything; everything you consume must be in liquid form.

But that doesn’t mean you have to make do with water, milk and tea. In fact, you can still pack in the nutrition — and fill your stomach — if you choose the right beverages.

Ensure, Boost or other nutritional supplement drinks contain protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, making them an ideal choice for a replacement meal. You also could add some protein powder or Greek yogurt to a fruit smoothie to amp up the nutritional value.

You can consider beef, chicken or vegetable broth, as the warm liquid can help you feel full. Stick to low-sodium broth, however, until at least a few days after surgery.

Whatever beverages you choose, don’t drink them through a straw!

Sucking through a straw can cause clotted blood to become dislodged, which can lead to painful complications.

Easy, Soft Snacks to Enjoy after Oral or Maxillofacial Surgery

When your gums have sufficiently healed, you can begin incorporating soft snacks into your liquid diet. Go slowly, though, and don’t try to eat too much at once, as you could aggravate the surgery site.

Some options may seem obvious, as you probably already enjoy eating some soft foods like applesauce, bananas, avocados, cottage cheese and ice cream.

You also can try snacking on custard, pudding, cheesecake or flavored gelatin. Gelatin is a great choice because it’s packed with protein.

Filling Foods to Enjoy (In a Few Days)

A few days after your surgery, you no doubt will be ready for a more substantial meal. But take care not to go overboard right away.

For breakfast, consider scrambled eggs with melted cheese or oatmeal with blueberries. Or try a few pancakes softened with melted butter or fruit compote. It’s still advisable to avoid anything with sharp edges, like toast or crackers.

For lunch and dinner, you have a variety of options.

Many pasta dishes and casseroles are soft enough to eat after oral surgery. Hot soups or stews with cooked vegetables or beans also are good choices. You can fill up on fish paired with rice or risotto. Meatloaf along with noodles, mashed potatoes or cauliflower is another satisfying, yet easy-to-chew meal.

Or, serve up sloppy joes and some macaroni and cheese.

Of course, these suggestions should never be taken in exchange for the aftercare instructions given to you by your surgeon. Besides, when you follow your instructions to the letter, you’ll be back to enjoying all your favorite dishes in no time.

Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah are Northern Utah’s premier surgical specialists. Serving the greater Salt Lake City area and the surrounding communities, we are the best choice to take care of all of your oral and maxillofacial surgery needs.