What to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of permanent adult teeth to grow in. They are typically removed if they cause crowding of surrounding teeth or if they are impacted, meaning they do not emerge through the gums properly.
After having wisdom teeth extracted, one question during recovery is what to eat. Because of the soreness and difficulty or discomfort chewing, eating sufficient and nourishing foods can be a challenge.
Directly following wisdom tooth extraction, there may even be difficulty swallowing, so it is best to consume liquids, including water, energy drinks, juices, smoothies, and shakes, etc. In all phases of recovery, it is important to stay well-hydrated, so be sure to drink roughly five to eight glasses of these liquids per day.
When you feel ready to eat solid foods, it is best to begin with softer things like heavier smoothies, soups, pudding, gelatin, and yogurt. When the pain and discomfort of chewing has lessened more, you may be able to eat soft breads, eggs, and thicker, more hearty soups. Pureed foods are also a great option at this point because they are so easy to eat. These include applesauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, cottage cheese, and hummus.
There are also things to avoid in your diet following wisdom tooth removal, especially during the day directly after extraction. To avoid aggravating the pain and soreness, tough or chewy foods should not be consumed. Any foods with small grains or seeds should be avoided, as these grains and seeds can easily become lodged in the tooth removal site, causing irritation.
While it may be difficult to eat many types of foods due to the pain and soreness of wisdom tooth extraction, it is still critical that you consume sufficient calories with a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein and healthy unsaturated fats each day.