Optimizing Nutrition for Optimal Dental Implant Healing | Skokie IL Dental Implants

Following the placement of dental implants, our team may advise you to follow a soft food diet for a period of a few days to several weeks. It is believed that nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meat, eggs, low-fat dairy, and beans encourage healing due to their high nutritional content and ease of consumption. Following the placement of dental implants, we recommend eating the following foods:

Protein Shakes

Not only are protein shakes an excellent source of protein, but they are also an excellent source of vitamins. Mixing the powder with milk increases the intake of minerals and vitamins that are necessary for healing. If you choose to consume a protein shake, avoid using a straw the first few days and drink from a glass instead. In some cases, the suction created by a straw may be able to reopen the treatment site.

Cottage Cheese

The nutrients, vitamins, and proteins found in cottage cheese are excellent for aiding in the recovery process. There is a smooth texture to cottage cheese, which allows for easy consumption and helps prevent debris from getting stuck in the implant area. 


The use of soup as a liquid meal replacement after dental implant placement can be beneficial. Before eating soups or other warm dishes, ensure that the implant area has healed sufficiently and avoid eating anything that is extremely hot. The protein and vitamins contained in soups and stews make them nutrient-dense and easy to consume. To prevent debris from getting lodged in the implant area, avoid chunkier soups that include ingredients such as rice.

We strongly recommend that you follow our postoperative instructions carefully. If you follow these instructions, you will be able to heal your mouth faster and prevent any potential damage from occurring. Whenever possible, stick to soft foods and avoid overly hot foods, as well as foods that can leave behind debris, such as rice, popcorn, and sunflower seeds. The foods listed above are only a few of the options that we recommend eating after dental implant placement.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding dental implant placement, other food recommendations, or would like to schedule an appointment.