December 1, 2018
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars (the far back teeth in your mouth). They’re called wisdom teeth because they typically don’t come in until your later teens or early 20’s. Most people have to get them removed because they are impacted, can come in crooked, or can cause damage or crowding in your mouth. After getting your wisdom teeth in Denver removed, there are certain precautions you can take to ensure everything heals properly and quickly. Here are some foods that you should and shouldn’t eat for a more comfortable recovery.
What Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
After wisdom teeth extraction, you’ll want to stick to liquids and soft foods. These foods don’t need to be chewed, which saves you pain, but they also protect you from damaging the area of recovery. Here are some soft but yummy foods that are popular after wisdom teeth removal:
- Apple sauce
- Mashed potatoes
- Blended soups and soup broth
- Pudding, ice cream, or Jell-O
Foods like nutrient-rich soup can help your healing process, while cold foods like ice cream can relieve some discomfort or soreness you may experience. As you start to heal and feel better, you can ease into an expanded diet with foods like oatmeal, scrambled eggs, or toast before jumping into crunchy snacks or proteins.
What Foods Should I Avoid After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
After your wisdom teeth are removed, you should eat the foods above for the first few days at least. In the first week after getting your wisdom teeth extracted, you should avoid these foods:
- Spicy or acidic foods: Foods that are spicy or acidic like citrus juice or salsa can cause pain and irritation.
- Alcohol: Adult beverages can irritate the area of recovery, and it will probably not mix well with the pain medication you’ve been prescribed.
- Grains: Grains like rice, quinoa or any other small seeds can get stuck and become trapped where your wisdom teeth once were.
- Hard-to-chew foods: Nuts, chips, and chewy meats like jerky can reopen stitches and are painful to chew. Chips and other crunchy snacks can be especially damaged to your healing mouth.
Besides watching what you eat, you should also avoid smoking or using tobacco products for at least 72 hours after the procedure. To be on the safe side, avoid tobacco use until a week after the surgery because it can increase your risk of complications in your recovery. It’s also proven to slow down the healing process of your gums.
Now that you know some do’s and don’ts of what to eat after getting your wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon in Denver, you can recover with comfort and confidence.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Brian Fangman is a highly-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is incredibly experienced in wisdom teeth removal. He takes pride in making his patients comfortable, which is why he wants you to know some easy tips for wisdom teeth extraction recovery. He currently practices at Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at one of his 4 locations for any questions.
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