What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

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The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the very back of the mouth. A surgeon must often remove them because your mouth does not have enough space to accommodate them or because they come in at irregular angles that can cause your other teeth to shift. Sometimes wisdom teeth fail to erupt and stay trapped in the gums, causing pain or infection.

Having a wisdom tooth out can be a daunting and painful procedure. But happily, in most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. Your dentist or oral surgeon will prescribe appropriate painkillers and will give you advice on how to speed up the recovery process.

Although the pain may diminish after a few days, it may take a couple of weeks before your socket completely heals so it is necessary to stick to certain foods until it does. On returning home bite gently on the gauze pad every so often, and change the dressing if it becomes too blood soaked. The bleeding should stop after 24 hours if it hasn’t, telephone the surgery and ask them for advice.

What to Eat after your Wisdom Teeth are Extracted

  • You are going to be in a lot of pain for the first few hours so it may be advisable to stick to just clear, tepid fluids for the first eight hours. After 24 hours you may rinse your mouth carefully, using warm salt water to reduce the swelling and clean the wound. During the first few days after surgery you may not feel like eating anything much anyway so it may be advisable to stick to light food such as:
    • Ice cream
    • Frozen yogurt / non frozen yogurt
    • Cold applesauce
    • Cold pudding
    • Soft baby food
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Gelatin
    • Thin soup (without the bits)

It is important that you do not disturb the clot that is forming in the empty socket so it is essential that you just stick to these soft foods initially. Eating soft foods such as this will stop the bigger pieces of food becoming stuck in the wound. Basically you need sustenance that can be merely swallowed with no need to chew. You can start adding solid food to your diet as healing progresses.

  • Stick to high energy, high protein drinks and NEVER drink anything through a straw. The sucking motion may disturb the clot. The same goes for people who smoke. You are going to have to refrain for at least 24 hours because that too can disturb the wound and lead to a condition known as “dry socket”. Believe me. The pain is unbelievable. So don’t invite it deliberately.
  • AVOID: Rice, nuts, grains, spicy foods and hard crusty foods that can scrape or damage the wound.
  • To ease the pain after surgery it may help to hold an ice pack on the outside cheek or personally I wrapped my hot water bottle in a towel and held this up against my face.
  • Physical activity may make the bleeding worse so take plenty of rest it’s important.
  • Sucking on ANY food can loosen the blood clot and delay healing, so make sure that if you eat a Popsicle to just let it melt slowly into your mouth.
  • Don’t keep feeling the area with your tongue, and touching it with your fingers is a bad idea, it puts the wound at risk from infection.
  • Keep your mouth clean by brushing your teeth and tongue carefully and after eating any kind of food rinse your mouth GENTLY with tepid salt water.
  • Having a wisdom tooth out can be quite a shock to the system. People cope with this operation in their own way but on the whole following these simple instructions will help you avoid problems in the future. If you are worried about the type of food that you are eating and whether it can damage your wound, why not do what I did?

Yes you’ve guessed it everything just went into the blender! After 10 days with a “dry socket”, I wasn’t taking any chances…

Additional: Best Foods  to Eat After Removal

The best foods to eat are soft items that do not become trapped in the pockets created by the missing teeth. Your dentist will tell you how long you need to stick to a special diet.

Protein

Soft, stir-fried tofu flavored with garlic puree and soy sauce is easy to swallow and provides you with filling protein. Scrambled or soft-boiled eggs are another source of protein and nutrients. Refried beans and hummus are also soft and easy to swallow, and they offer both fiber and protein to keep you full. Cottage and ricotta cheese are a soft source of calcium for your post-wisdom teeth extraction diet.

Soups

Smooth, pureed soups such as tomato and butternut squash can be swallowed with no chewing. You may also be able to tolerate some Asian soups, such as egg drop or wonton. Avoid soups with large pieces of chewy chicken or meat and large chunks of vegetables.

Sweets

Ice cream, gelatin, pudding and sorbet are soft foods that are easy to tolerate after having your wisdom teeth removed. You may also create smoothies using plain yogurt, frozen fruit and ice for a healthier sweet treat. You can also try custards and sweetened yogurt. Make sure all your choices are free of large pieces of nuts, fruit or candy bits.

Grains

Although chewy breads and crunchy cereals and crackers are poor choices after wisdom teeth extraction, you do have some starchy options. On a soft diet, you can include farina cooked with milk, noodles and pasta cooked until very soft, cereal—such as wheat or corn flakes—soaked in milk, soft flour tortillas, and the soft interior of bread.

Fruits and Vegetables

Bananas are naturally soft and provide nutrition. If chewing is painful, mash them or puree frozen bananas to make a mock ice cream. Many people enjoy eating mashed potatoes or whipped sweet potatoes after having their wisdom teeth removed. Applesauce and vegetable juice are additional fruit and vegetable options.

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