Following wisdom tooth removal it’s not uncommon for us to get questions like: what are good soft foods to eat for wisdom tooth recovery or how long does it take for wisdom teeth to heal? Patients that prepare for their surgery usually end up having a smoother recovery. It also helps our patients if they know what to expect and can plan ahead. Here at Archway Oral surgery we want to provide the best care and expectations for our patients. We have provided a list of some nutritious, soft foods to eat after wisdom tooth removal that can help in tooth extraction healing after your treatment and also certain foods you should avoid.
WHAT IS A HEALTHY SOFT FOOD DIET?
A balanced diet consists of proteins, fruits, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Whether you are doing a full liquid diet or soft food diet after tooth extraction, you want to balance your meals to ensure you are getting adequate nutrition. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue especially after wisdom tooth extraction. Healthy options would include:
Broth, bouillon, or cream-based soups can be a great source of relief after treatment for patients. Although you may not feel up to eating right away, soup can be a great source of protein. Enjoy warm soup, not hot, to get plenty of nutrients your body needs to help maintain a healthy diet after your surgery. While most soups are acceptable, you will want to avoid soups such as bean, gumbo, chunky soups or chowders with larger chunks. A few good options are chicken noodle, tomato, or tortellini soup (you can find the recipe located on our facebook page.)
All low-fat milk products, smooth yogurt, mild flavored cheese, cottage cheese. These items are protein-packed and make it an ideal food group for patients recovering from surgery. Eating a creamy light flavored yogurt will give you the nutrients you need while making it easier to take any medications that might be prescribed to help in recovery.
Cooked or canned fruits, soft banana or avocado which are packed full of nutritional benefits to help in the healing process. Fruit smoothies, another great option for post surgery, contain a ton nutrients and an easy to eat snack. Applesauce would also be a great choice to consider that contains a lot of vitamin C and dietary fiber, which are both part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Soft cooked or canned vegetables and potatoes contain an excellent source of vitamins we need in our diet. Mashed potatoes contain a ton of fiber and are a tasty option to have after surgery. If you prefer sweet potatoes, try mashed with a little bit of butter and cinnamon for a sweet post-op treat.
Refined cooked or ready to eat cereal, refined white, wheat, or rye bread, rolls or crackers, plain white rice, pasta. Grains can be a great source of fiber which can help with medications prescribed as well as containing vitamins essential for the release of energy.
6.) MEAT, NUT, and EGG SOURCES
These sources all contain a variety of nutrients especially protein which is important for the building and repairing of tissue after surgery. Any tender meat, fish, or poultry such as chicken, veal, turkey, or lamb that do not require a lot of chewing are good choices. Scrambled eggs and creamy peanut butter are also an excellent choice following treatment.
7.) DESERTS AND SWEETS
After surgery its okay to spoil your self a bit, plus we want you to keep those calories up! Some choices to pick from would be ice cream but stick to soft-serve, especially for the first couple of days. Patients can also choose from frozen yogurt, sherbet, or fruit based popsicles. The provide a cooling confection can help soothe any inflamed tissue that might arise and help promote quicker healing. Pudding and jello are also another option that are convenient.
CAN I EAT SOLID FOODS AFTER WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS?:
You can eat solid foods if they are tender or not too big of chunks. Things such as meat, fish, poultry are all good meat options as long as you are avoiding chewing too much are small pieces are not irritating the surgical site after the tooth extraction. Breads and pastas are another good option after wisdom teeth are removed. Mashed potatoes can be an excellent source full of fiber and can be a filling option. The main goal is to keep the calories up and to eat nutrient rich foods to help with tooth extraction healing.
WHAT FOODS SHOULD I AVOID AFTER WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Sweets to avoid are sticky or chewy candy and dried fruits which can do more harm in the healing process. Meats to avoid are meats that are too tough, require a lot of chewing, fried foods, raw, dried eggs, nuts and seeds. All these could hamper in the recovery process and irritate the treated area. Breads and cereals that contain nuts, seeds, raisins, and coconuts should be avoided as it can cause irritation to the surgical site. Avoid gas forming vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, green pepper, onion, french fries, or anything that may cause an upset stomach in your recovery process. Fruits to avoid would be any raw fruits that require a lot of chewing, except for bananas and avocados. Also avoid sticky, chewy fruits such as dried fruits like raisins and dates. Dairy options to avoid would be yogurt with seeds or granola, cheese with whole seeds or spices, or any added ingredients you might have to chew.
CAN I DRINK TEA OR COFFEE AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTIONS?
After tooth extraction surgery or wisdom tooth extractions, the oral surgeon suggest you avoid hot drinks such as coffee and tea immediately after the tooth extractions were done. If you choose to drink iced coffee or cold tea that is an option following wisdom tooth removal or a tooth extraction and can help with the healing process. Along with hot drinks you should avoid hot foods for the first 24 hours after an extraction. The first 24 hours are the beginning of tooth extraction healing and wisdom tooth recovery. Avoiding hot food and drinks will help in the clotting process and with tooth extraction aftercare.
Wisdom teeth recovery can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks. Surgery is different for everyone but tooth extraction aftercare is usually minimal if patients remember to take it easy. Having a soft food diet that won’t strain your mouth in the weeks following can help with the healing process. As always touch base with your oral surgeon for any questions regarding surgery!