One of your questions for your wisdom teeth post-operative care may concern the most important way to get energy – “what can I eat after wisdom teeth removal surgery?” Your oral surgeon will provide you a detailed plan to take care of your mouth after your surgery, and this includes guidelines on food and drinks you can have. Below are some oral-surgeon approved meals and snacks to eat while your mouth is healing.
What can I eat after wisdom teeth removal?
Soup is one of the best meals you can eat during the first week of your post-op recovery. Make sure that the temperature is warm, and not hot, or else you risk an uncomfortable burn. Broth-based or puréed soups can fill you up quickly and keep you full for hours. Avoid any soups that have large amounts of meats or vegetables that would require chewing.
2. Yogurt and Smoothies
There is a variety of healthy smoothies you can make along with eating yogurt while recuperating from surgery. However, you should be careful about how you consume these meals. Painful dry socket can develop from using straws or eating solid food while recovering from wisdom teeth removal. If you are going to drink smoothies or eat yogurt, eat slowly and use a spoon.
3. Soft Sweets
Soft-textured foods are the most recommended during this healing period. You should always eat sweet, sugary food in moderation, but there are a variety of sweets that are soft enough to consume while healing from wisdom teeth extraction. Foods like applesauce, ice cream, and pudding are safe to eat following wisdom teeth surgery.
Similar to soup, oatmeal’s liquid-based texture makes it easy to swallow. Oatmeal is also packed with protein. You can eat instant oatmeal around 4-5 days following surgery, since you may grow tired of eating soup and ice cream. Cream of wheat can also be a viable substitute if you aren’t a fan of oatmeal’s thicker texture.
Most oral surgeons agree that you can eat solid foods again about a week after your wisdom teeth extraction. In the meantime, eating well and regularly is vital to the healing process after surgery and your food options are not as limited as you think.
If you ever have questions about foods or drinks you can have after surgery at East Brainerd Oral Surgery, give us a call at 423-296-8210.