A Simple Guide to Eating after Wisdom Tooth Extractions

July 18, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:02 pm
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Wisdom teeth are known to be the cause of numerous oral health problems. Often, the best way to address or prevent such issues is to get the teeth extracted. Are you soon going to get your third molars removed? After your surgery, you will need to go through a brief recovery period. Modifying your diet during that type can help you to heal smoothly. What should you consume while you are on the mend? Read this simple guide to eating after wisdom tooth extractions to find out.

Stick to Liquids for the First 24 Hours

You can expect your mouth to be quite sore during the first 24 hours after your appointment, particularly once any sedation and local anesthesia start to wear off. Sticking to a liquid diet during that time can minimize discomfort. Things like water, juice, blended soups, broth, and protein drinks are all suitable options.

Remember that you should not use a straw to drink. The suction action it creates could interfere with the formation of blood clots at your surgical sites and cause a painful complication known as dry socket.

Eat Soft Foods after the First 24 Hours

After the initial 24 hours of your healing period, you can incorporate some soft foods into your diet. Try to eat satisfying items with high nutritional value. Here are some tasty foods that can fit well into your post-surgery eating plan:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Applesauce
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Avocado
  • Mashed bananas
  • Smoothies (without seeds or other tough add-ins)

When Can You Eat Normally Again?

Most people are able to resume a fairly normal diet within a week or two of their surgery. Be sure to listen to your body and carefully follow any instructions provided by your dental team.

Also, go easy on your digestive system. After several days of eating soft foods, it might cause an upset stomach if you go straight for a large hamburger meal or a feast at your local buffet. Try gradually adding your favorite treats into your diet.

What Foods Should You Avoid?

Here are some examples of foods that you should steer clear of until you are fully recovered from your surgery:

  • Crunchy foods
  • Hard foods
  • Chewy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Small, sharp foods
  • Spicy items

Wisdom tooth extractions will make it necessary for you to adjust your eating habits. After your recovery, though, you can get back to enjoying all of the meals and snacks you love.

Meet the Practice

The board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Piney Point OMS provide expert wisdom tooth removal for teens and adults in the Houston area. If you have questions about the surgery or what to expect during the recovery period, we are ready to speak with you. Get in touch with our team at 713-783-5560.

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