The wisdom teeth are the “extra” set of pearly whites in the back of the jaw that may or may not cause you problems. Not everyone has wisdom teeth, but for the lucky majority who do, these pesky teeth will usually need to come out. Most people have them extracted between ages 18-25 or so. There is usually not enough room for the crowns to poke through the gums, which can result in crowding, infection, and some amount of discomfort if they are not removed.
Wisdom tooth extraction is an oral procedure that is completed in a single visit with your dentist or an oral surgeon. After the surgery, you will likely feel some common side effects including soreness, inflammation, and slight bleeding at the treatment site.
Eating a diet full of soft foods can help you minimize discomfort and speed healing in the days following the procedure. But, because this recommendation is a bit different than what you are used to eating, you may need some suggestions on what is safe to consume. Keep reading for ideas on how to stock your fridge so you are ready for your recovery!
Delicious and Nutritious Liquid/Soft Foods
No one said you had to eat anything bland after your wisdom tooth removal. In fact, you can probably keep eating just like you’re used to – only with a few modifications.
In the first 2 days or so following the procedure, however, you will need to stick to a liquid diet. That means juice, smoothies, and anything that you can drink. The key here is no chewing. Some items to keep you full and happy include:
- Chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
- Milk, kefir, and yogurt
- Coconut milk, regular milk, etc.
- And more
As the days progress and you start to feel more comfortable eating, you can move on to a soft foods diet. Here, your options open up a lot more. Some of the things you will want to have on hand include:
- Oatmeal, grits, or cereal that softens with milk – like Rice Krispies
- Soft breads
- Soft fruits and steamed vegetables
- Cream-based, non chunky soups
- Stewed meats
After about 7 days, you should be able to resume your normal diet – but only do so with your dentist or oral surgeon’s permission. Allowing yourself adequate time to recover is crucial following wisdom tooth extraction.
You now have a good idea of how to eat after the surgery, but don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist with any specific questionsl. They are there to guide you through this treatment, from beginning to end!
Meet the Oral Surgeon
Dr. Jeff Lee provides excellent care for patients of Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery. He attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and then continued on to complete his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has been a trusted source of oral surgery care for years. To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction or to schedule a visit, reach out to Dr. Lee by phone at (740) 432-8768.