What To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Foods To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Have you wondered “what can i eat after wisdom teeth removal?” Do you need a list of soft foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal? well that question comes up quite a bit.  Let’s start off with what to do immediately after your wisdom teeth removal.  

 

Immediately after your wisdom teeth removal:

Try not to eat immediately after your wisdom teeth removal.  You’re going to be very numb from your shots and you don’t want to injure yourself by biting your tongue or your lip.  Also, you want to make sure you have enough time to form a nice solid blood clot in your wisdom tooth sockets to avoid a dry socketIt is ok to drink water for medication immediately after your procedure but otherwise try to avoid drinking and eating immediately after your procedure.  If you need more instructions of what to do after your wisdom teeth procedure, make sure you follow these instructions.

 

Well you may ask, “how long after wisdom teeth removal can i eat?”

You can eat about 2-4 hours after your procedure.  You want to keep what you eat to liquids. Think about smoothies, shakes, yogurt, etc.   Basically any soft and cool liquids. Be sure not to use straws to avoid dry socket.  Avoid any hot drinks for the first 24 hours because cooler foods and drinks can help reduce swelling and inflammation.  

 

Wisdom teeth removal food

For the first few days, try to stick with cooler, soft foods.  Shakes, smoothies, etc. Spoon the food in instead of using a straw.  Also you can eat soups. Just make sure you let them cool down. Do not eat them when they are too hot!   You can eat soft foods such as mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, yogurts, etc. The less chewing you do and the less hitting of the gums where your wisdom teeth used to be, the less chance you have of having any complications after your procedure.  Avoid acidic foods and drinks for the first few days as they can irritate the area.  

 

How long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat normally?

You may be wondering, “when can I eat solid food after wisdom teeth removal?”It really depends on what stage of your healing you are in.  If you feel like you’re healing pretty normally and your wisdom teeth were not too impacted, then you can slowly go back to eating normal foods.  I tell my patients that you probably know best when that time is. If it’s not hurting that bad, you can go back to eating the foods you enjoy.  

 

Foods to avoid after wisdom teeth removal!

Avoid acidic and hot foods for the first few days.  Also avoid crunchy and hard foods that might irritate the area for the first week.  Most importantly, DO NOT EAT ANY FOODS THAT HAVE LITTLE SEEDS OR PARTICLES THAT ARE HARD FOR YOUR BODY TO DIGEST!”  These little seeds or particles can become lodged in the socket and not come out. If this occurs, you may develop a serious infection.  Make sure that your surgeon provides you with an irrigation syringe so you can carefully clean out your sockets after you eat but make sure to not use that syringe until after 5 days.