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What to eat after a wisdom teeth extraction?

The care after an extraction of wisdom teeth or other teeth is key to favoring the recovery process of the surgery and preventing possible complications. Therefore, it is essential to follow the dentist’s instructions in this regard.

In that sense, not all foods and drinks are recommended after an intervention of this type. Therefore, if you are planning on having a tooth pulled out, it is important to know the best options for after the event, such as what to eat and pain relief for example.

A good diet is essential to promote a quick recovery after removing wisdom teeth. However, not all foods and drinks are recommended after this intervention.

In addition, it should be borne in mind that possible discomfort after surgery can make it difficult to chew and eat certain types of food. Mainly, inflammation and pain in the area.

Above all, in the hours after the intervention, when there may be a little bleeding.

At the same time, the complexity of the surgery and the total number of teeth that have been extracted on the same day will also influence the diet.

However, there are some general recommendations regarding the best type of food after wisdom teeth removal.

What to eat after an extraction?

The truth is that one of the most frequent questions about tooth extraction surgery is whether you can eat after removing wisdom teeth and, if so, what kind of food. In this sense, it can be said that it is not only convenient to maintain an adequate diet, but it will help to mitigate discomfort and promote faster healing.

Thus, the general recommendations are as follows.

  • Yes, you can eat after wisdom teeth extraction. However, wait until your mouth is no longer numb from the anesthesia to avoid biting the inside of your cheek, lip, or tongue.
  • Better to eat only soft foods in the first 24 hours after the intervention. For example, yogurt, applesauce, vegetable creams or purees.
  • Little by little, semi-soft foods such as fresh cheese, bananas, avocado, eggs or fish can be introduced. That is, those that can be easily broken with a fork.
  • It’s important to stay hydrated, so drink water often. Also, if food intake is limited in the first few days, liquid foods will help compensate for this situation.
  • As the pain and inflammation subside, new foods can be added.
  • Full recovery after wisdom tooth extraction can take up to two weeks. However, it is after seven days that most people can return to their usual diet.

Foods to avoid after extraction

So, knowing what to eat when you have had a tooth extraction is key to promoting recovery. However, it is equally important to know what foods and drinks should not be taken after undergoing this surgery.

  • Hard, crunchy foods can get stuck in the cavity and hinder wound healing. In turn, the points could be reopened, if any. This would be the case, for example, of bread, nuts, popcorn, cookies or chips.
  • Be careful with rice, quinoa and other cereals, as they can get ‘trapped’ in the extraction area. The same goes for seeds.
  • Spicy or overly acidic foods could cause irritation in the area and more pain.
  • Sticky foods increase the risk of biting the mouth, especially after surgery.
  • Alcohol should be avoided during the recovery period after wisdom teeth removal. Especially in the first 24 hours. This can irritate the wound area and/or interact with prescribed medication, as well as increase bleeding and delay healing.
  • It is also not advisable to drink coffee or carbonated or hot drinks that could favor tissue irritation and hinder healing.

Beyond the drinks that should not be drunk after this oral surgery, it is very important not to drink through a straw for at least a week. This is because, when the teeth are extracted, a clot is formed that protects the place they occupied. However, sucking on a straw can cause this clot to dislodge.

As a result, the bones and nerve endings would be exposed, causing more pain and delaying healing. In turn, there would be more risk of infection. It is what is known as dry socket.

For the same reason, you shouldn’t smoke either. In addition, tobacco increases the risk of complications and hinders tissue healing.


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