What to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal: The Right Foods for Recovery

BY: Dr. Sandeep Sharma
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What to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal: The Right Foods for Recovery

Aside from the discomfort patients will feel, diet is another common concern of patients considering wisdom tooth removal. Wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure involving the gums, teeth and bone. Because of the invasiveness of the procedure, patients experience difficulty in opening their mouths which can affect their eating habits for the next couple of days.

Eating the right foods after wisdom tooth removal is important to help you recover quickly and avoid infection. This content will give you a list of some of the recommended food to eat after wisdom tooth removal, plus the potential complications of this procedure.

What Is Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure that removes one or more of your wisdom teeth. It involves cutting through the gum tissue and bone to access the tooth and removing it.

The wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Most have four wisdom teeth — one in each corner of their mouth — but it’s possible to have fewer and, for some, none at all. It’s also possible for wisdom teeth to only partially erupt through the gums. This is known as an impacted tooth. When this occurs, you may experience pain and swelling; untreated, they may lead to crowding and infection.

Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure that a dentist performs. It is usually done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around your mouth. Sometimes, you may be given a sedative to help you relax or general anesthesia to make you sleep and comfortable during the procedure. The surgery itself is relatively quick, taking about 30 to 60 minutes.

Types of Wisdom Teeth Removal

There are two types of wisdom teeth removal — simple and complex.

  • Simple extractions.
    This is the removal of teeth that have already erupted through the gum line. This type of extraction is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time.

  • Complex extractions.
    These are performed on teeth that have not fully erupted or are impacted. It is more invasive and takes a longer recovery time.

The recovery time for wisdom teeth removal differs from person to person, depending on the type of extraction you have. It also depends on how many teeth were removed and your overall health. During this time, proper wound care and maintenance of good oral hygiene are crucial to avoid infection and promote healing. Included in proper wound care is consuming the right types of food.

What Can I Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure?

The goal is to eat soft foods that are easy to chew and won’t irritate your gums or wounds. Also, these should contain essential vitamins and minerals to help you recover quickly.

Below is a list of food to eat after wisdom teeth removal and tips on how to make them:

1. Soups

Pureed soups are an excellent choice after wisdom teeth removal. They’re easy to chew and swallow and packed with nutrients that can help you recover quickly. They are prepared from scratch using fresh vegetables, chicken, beef, or fish.

You can also find commercially prepared soups that are easy to heat and eat. Just make sure to avoid those with chunks or any hard-to-chew ingredients. If you want to make your own at home, here are some recipes for you:

  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Cream of broccoli soup
  • Mushroom soup
  • Vegetable soup
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Beef noodle soup
  • Tomato soup

To make, cook the ingredients until they’re soft. Once done, use a blender to puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency. You can also add water to thin it out if needed.

2. Smoothies

Smoothies are another excellent choice for people who have their wisdom teeth removed. You can use any fruits or vegetables in making your smoothie, as long as they’re soft enough to blend into a smooth consistency.

One of the most nutritious smoothies is a combination of peaches, mango and kale. Kale is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K, C and B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium – all are essential for immune system function and help with inflammation. Also, mangoes and peaches are excellent sources of antioxidants and fibre.

To make this smoothie, combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can also add water or milk to thin it out if needed.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mango
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Cantaloupe
3. Pureed Fruits and Vegetables

You can make pureed fruits and vegetables even if you don’t have a blender. These are also easy to consume and are rich in nutrients that can help you recover quickly.

Some of the fruits and vegetables to puree are:

  • Applesauce
  • Mashed banana
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Squash
  • Zucchini

To make, cook the vegetables until they’re soft. Once done, use a fork or potato masher to mash them into your desired consistency.

4. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are another food that’s easy to chew and swallow. They’re also potassium- and vitamin C-rich. Add some cooked chicken, turkey, or tofu for more protein. You may also top it with cheese or gravy sauce.

5. Applesauce

Applesauce is a good source of fibre and vitamins A and C. It’s also soft enough to eat without irritating your gums or wound. You may also add some cinnamon or nutmeg to give it a bit of flavour.

Other Types of Food
  • Greek Yogurt.
    Yogurt is protein- and probiotics-rich, which is beneficial for gut health. It’s also easy to eat and gentle on the stomach, making it an excellent choice for people who just had their wisdom teeth removed. When buying yogurt, make sure to choose those that are plain and unsweetened. You can add honey or fruit puree to sweeten it up.

  • Pudding and Jell-O.
    Pudding and Jell-O are also excellent choices for people who just had their wisdom teeth removed. They’re soft, easy to eat and come in various flavours.

  • Ice Cream.
    Soft serve ice cream is a good option for people who just had wisdom tooth removal.

  • Milkshakes.
    A milkshake is ideal if you’re craving something cold and creamy. This is done by blending ice cream with milk. You can add fruits, chocolate syrup or peanut butter to make it tastier.

  • Custard.
    Custard is another food that’s easy to eat and gentle on the stomach. It’s also a good source of protein and calcium.

  • Scrambled Eggs.
    Scrambled eggs are a good source of protein, which can help with healing. They’re also gentle on the stomach and easy to eat.

  • Fish.
    Fish is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for reducing inflammation. When choosing fish, opt for those that are soft and easy to chew, such as canned tuna, salmon, tilapia or cod. When cooking, avoid using spices as they can irritate your gums.

  • Cooked Vegetables.
    If you’re craving something crunchy, then opt for cooked vegetables. Avoid hard-to-chew vegetables, like raw carrots and celery. Instead, you may eat green beans, peas, corn and potatoes.

  • Cottage Cheese.
    Cottage cheese is another food that’s easy to eat and gentle on the stomach. It’s also a good source of protein and calcium, plus it’s easy to incorporate into other dishes.

Types of Food to Avoid Following a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

You should avoid eating hard, sticky, chewy, spicy or crunchy food following a wisdom tooth extraction. These types of food can irritate your gums and wounds, delaying the healing process. In addition, hot food and beverages can also cause your wound to rebleed and should be avoided.

Some of the food to avoid after wisdom tooth removal include:

  • Raw fruits and vegetables (including carrots, apples and celery)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Pizza crust
  • Pretzels
  • Granola
  • Cereal
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Cakes
  • Spicy food
  • Hot soup
  • Pies
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Chewy candy
  • Taffy
  • Caramel
  • Hard candy

Moreover, you should avoid consuming alcohol and cigarettes following your surgery. Alcohol can cause dehydration and interfere with the healing process. Cigarettes, on the other hand, can cause dry sockets.

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms over the wound after surgery dislodges from the socket. This exposes the bone and nerves, causing severe pain. If you’re experiencing dry sockets, contact your dentist immediately.

When Can I Start Eating Normally After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

For the first 48 hours after your wisdom tooth extraction, you should stick to a soft food diet. This will help your wound heal and avoid any complications. After the 48-hour mark, you can gradually start incorporating other foods into your diet. On the third day, you can start with instant oatmeal or toast and add other solid foods gradually, such as chicken, pasta, and rice.

You should be able to return to your regular diet within a week. If you’re still experiencing pain or discomfort, contact your dentist immediately.

When it comes to alcohol, most dentists recommend you to avoid consuming it for at least 7 to 10 days after the procedure. Alcohol can interfere with certain medications, like pain relievers, making them less effective. Aside from this, they can also intensify the side effects of some medicines.

If you’re a smoker, you should quit at least a week before your surgery. This is to lower the risk of developing dry sockets. If you can’t stop, you should avoid smoking for at least 48 hours after the procedure.

Can I Drink Water After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Drinking plenty of water after wisdom teeth removal is essential to stay hydrated and help heal. However, avoid using a straw as the suction can cause dry sockets. Hot beverages should also be avoided to prevent the wound from bleeding again.

Potential Complications of Wisdom Teeth Removal

While wisdom teeth removal is relatively safe, there are still potential complications that can occur, including:

1. Dry Sockets

After wisdom tooth surgery, your body will form blood clots to protect the wound left during the procedure. If this clot dislodges or dissolves, it exposes the bone and nerves, causing severe pain. This is called a dry socket. It can occur when you use straws, as using them creates a suction that can dislodge the clot. It can also be caused by smoking, eating hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy foods and frequent spitting.

Signs of dry sockets include:

  • Intense pain that gets worse 3-5 days after surgery
  • Bad taste or smell coming from the socket
  • Partial numbness of the tongue, lip or chin
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
2. Infection

Infection is another potential complication associated with wisdom tooth removal. If you fail to maintain cleanliness around the surgical site, bacteria and food debris can accumulate and lead to an infection. Additionally, if you smoke, it can also delay healing and increase the risk of infection.

Signs can be:

  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Excessive bleeding
3. Excessive Bleeding

It’s normal to experience some bleeding immediately after surgery. However, it can get worse if you drink alcohol or smoke, as these can interfere with the clotting process. Also, straw drinking can dislodge the clot and cause bleeding.

Final Thoughts

Wisdom teeth extractions are among the most common oral surgeries, which involve the removal of a wisdom tooth that causes you pain and other problems. During your recovery process, avoid some types of food, such as hard and crunchy, hot beverages, and alcohol for at least 7 to 10 days. Additionally, you should consider quitting smoking if you can or avoid it for at least three days after the surgery. This can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.

Are you considering wisdom tooth removal but have more questions? Call us at 08 9345 0455 for our Yokine dental clinic or 08 9452 8877 for our Maddington branch, and we’ll be happy to help. You may also send a message on our website, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

We are Clear Choice Dental. We have a team of warm and friendly dental professionals with several years of experience providing dental care services to the community. We offer a wide range of services, such as general dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, Invisalign, teeth whitening and much more. If you’re looking for a dentist in Yokine or Maddington, we would love to welcome you to our practice. Book an appointment with us today!

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