Diet Information for Surgery Patients | Encino

Before Surgery Patient Diet Instructions

Before surgery and anesthesia, patient should eat a light and healthy meal before you are supposed to begin fasting prior to surgery. Patients should avoid heavy meal with that take a long time to digest; for example, loading up on pizza and rich foods.

If you have any more questions or need assistance, please call our Encino office: Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.

Post-surgical Menu and Food Suggestions

What follows are soft foods suggestions for after oral surgery. Some may not be consumed immediately after surgery. Post-surgically, patients may have to advance their diets more slowly, because some surgical sites may be very fresh and limit diet. Gradually, as the healing of the surgical sites progresses, patient may advance their diet from liquid, to soft, to mashed and semi-solid foods until a normal diet can be resumed.

The soft food diets will vary from one person to another, depending on the severity of the wound and type of oral surgery. Diets may need to be advanced slowly. Dr. Maranon and his staff will discuss special dietary considerations for those patients undergoing extensive surgical procedures or requiring special diets. Unless special dietary considerations are indicated, the following are foods that can be considered during the recovery process.

Clear Diet Foods:

  • Clear Liquids-ice chips, Gatorade or sport drinks, dilute carbonated clear sodas (ginger ale, 7-Up or Sprite), popsicles, or Jell-O

Soft Diet Foods:

  • Instant breakfast, Ensure, Boost Slim Fast.
  • Oatmeal, Cream of Rice or Wheat, omelets or eggs. pancakes
  • Jam on soft bread (not chewy or without crust
  • Apple sauce
  • Low acid fruit juices such as pear, apple or vegetable
  • Egg, Tuna or chicken salad
  • Soup Broths
  • Rich cream soups or soft vegetable soups pureed or without large pieces that are hard to eat.
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocados
  • Any vegetable (except corn) or potatoes-well cooked, pureed, scalloped or casserole
  • Mashed potatoes or Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Enchiladas, Grits or polenta
  • Pureed or well-ground meats or chicken
  • Bread-less Sloppy Joes or tortilla-less burritos
  • Hamburger or Tuna Helper
  • Well cooked pasta, macaroni and cheese
  • Well-cooked stewed or braised chicken or meat.
  • Boneless Fish
  • Tofu
  • Refried or well cooked beans
  • Plain ice cream, frozen yogurt. Sorbets, gelato, fruit mousse, puddings and custards, smoothies, Jamba juice, malts or shakes. These must be eaten with a spoon or a glass or cup. It is very important not to use a straw during the first 24 hours).
  • Be careful to avoid berry seeds and desserts available in stores that contain various additions such as nuts, dried fruits, crushed candies, etc. that may fall into the extraction sites.
  • Rice pudding, cheesecake, plain chocolate (allow to melt on the tongue), ripe banana
  • Juice Bars

Food Allergies

Patients with special dietary issues like food intolerance, food allergies or medical conditions (diabetes) should discuss these conditions with Dr. Maranon at their consultation before their surgery. Patients should contact the office in Encino if they have questions concerning their diet and particular foods: Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.


After general anesthetic or intravenous sedation, it is important to rehydrate. Patients may have a sore throat after surgery.

Cold foods may make wounds and sore throats feel better. Dr. Maranon asks patients to start with ice chips, Jell-O, clear sports drinks (Gatorade), or clear carbonated beverages (7-Up, Ginger ale or Sprite). Popsicles can be cut off the stick and dissolved in the mouth. This may be helpful for sore throat and for some surgeries.

It is important drink from a glass or cup and not use a straw during the first 24 hours. Using a straw during the first 24 hours can dislodge blood clots from surgical sites and cause bleeding to continue. These drinks should be diluted initially with a little water to decrease the fizz and the sugar content.

If patients are tolerating these liquids well, they can advance to a full liquid diet such as ice cream, frozen yogurt, or soups that are not too hot. The lips and the tongue may still be numb and can be burned by hot liquids or foods.

If patient tolerate the full liquid diet, they can start to advance their diet to a soft diet (pasta, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, mash potatoes, or eggs. Patients should try to chew away from the surgical sites.

Post Dental Implant Placement Instructions:

It is important to avoid chewing on the implant sites. Patients who have had immediate function, implant-retained restorations must not use these restorations to chew with for six weeks. If a patient uses removable provisional (temporary) tooth replacement appliances, they may be asked not to chew with these appliances for up to six weeks. Based on their procedure, Dr. Maranon will advise each patient on their when they can return to normal function.

Foods To Promote Healing

Food intake can be limited for the first few days. Dehydration needs to be prevented by taking fluids regularly and increasing fluid intake. Patients should try not to miss meals. By maintaining nutrition, patients will feel better, have more strength and heal faster. After surgery, patients should resume a high-calorie, high-protein diet as soon as possible to help with healing. Several days after surgery, most patients start to return to a more normal diet avoiding the surgical site as noted above. If there is persistent jaw stiffness, patient should continue with a soft diet and not chew gum until this condition resolves.

Hard, crunchy, or difficult to eat foods, such as chips, popcorn, nuts, granola, salads, or seeds (sesame, flax, sunflower) must be avoided until approved by Dr. Maranon. These foods can become lodged in surgical sites causing pain and infection.