What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

If you’re having wisdom teeth removed, it is natural to have concerns about recovery and the diet that should be followed after the procedure. Read this blog to learn about post-surgical care, what you may eat after wisdom teeth removal, and what to avoid after the surgery.

Why It’s Important to Eat Well After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

First things first, you must understand why there is such a strong emphasis on monitoring what one eats after the treatment. 

Following the extraction, swelling around your lips and cheeks might make eating difficult. Although ice packs and pain relief medicine can be used to minimize pain, it’s important to watch your food so that you can avoid complications in your healing process. 

If you’re not cautious about what you’re consuming after having your wisdom teeth removed, you could end up with:

  • Dry socket: During recovery, a blood clot forms in the wisdom teeth extraction area to protect the bone and nerves. If this process is disturbed, a dry socket
    develops, causing pain. So, foods that may irritate or dislodge the clot must be avoided. 
  • Infections: Without treatment, a dry socket collects debris and bacteria, resulting in discomfort, swelling, and even infection.

Timeline of What You Can Eat After You Get Your Wisdom Removal

It might be difficult to keep track of when different foods are safe to consume after an extraction. However, you can follow the given timeline to consume those food items:

Day 1

Because of the anesthetic, you may feel hungry and sleepy after the wisdom teeth extraction surgery. 

At this time, it is best to follow a liquid diet for at least 24 hours. Avoid using a straw or anything that causes suction in your mouth. You may also not be able to use your mouthwash for a day or two, so avoid sugary meals and beverages.

Your liquid diet may include:

  • Greek yogurt.
  • Creamy peanut butter.
  • Warm broth.
  • Pureed soups.
  • Milkshakes.
  • Sherbet.
  • Smoothies.
  • Nutritional beverages.

Day 2 and 3

During the second and third days after recovery, you can start cleaning your mouth with warm saltwater or a recommended rinse before starting a soft food diet. 

A soft food diet will help your body absorb the necessary nutrients. Yes, there will still be some sensitivity, so avoid chewing or putting food directly on the extraction site. Also, avoid very hot or cold beverages.

Soft foods that you can consume during your second and third days of recovery are:

  • Cottage cheese.
  • Pudding.
  • Jelly.
  • Pureed fruits.
  • Hummus.

Try to include protein in your soft food diet since it helps heal wounds. Here are the proteins that you may incorporate into the diet: 

  • Scrambled eggs.
  • Tofu.
  • Boneless fish fillets.
  • Cooked lentils, chickpeas, or beans.

Day 4 and 5

You can now reintroduce normal foods into your diet. However, avoid hard-to-chew or crunchy foods so that the incisions do not rupture. Eat soft foods such as macaroni, eggs, cheese, or any other soft foods that you enjoy.

Day 6 and Onward

On day 6, you may notice a decrease in swelling and sensitivity. However, the incision sites must be treated with caution since they are still prone to rupture. Avoid crunchy items such as hard taco bells and crispy bread until the sockets have completely healed.

Tip: Keep yourself properly hydrated during recovery to promote faster healing after wisdom teeth removal.

In a Nutshell

Follow these guidelines and your dentist’s advice to have a smooth post-op experience and proper recovery. For more information on what to eat after wisdom teeth removal, call DentaLand Dentistry at (832) 674-8377.

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