Wisdom teeth are unnecessary and more often than not, they cause problems. The majority of people have theirs removed, typically in young adulthood. The removal procedure is minimally invasive for some, but if wisdom teeth are impacted (under the gums but pushed up against the roots of the other molars) it can require more in-depth oral surgery.
Recovery from wisdom teeth removal may take a few days. The effects of the anesthesia should wear off by the next day, but your mouth may be sore for a few days to a week following your procedure. As a result, you’ll need to be careful about what you eat to ensure you don’t irritate the area or dislodge stitches.
Foods to Eat
Here are some suggestions for what you can eat while your mouth is still sore. Many of these suggestions allow you to get proper nutrition without too much sugar. A milkshake or ice cream is a nice treat and the cold can help to reduce swelling, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you eat. Try these nutritious suggestions.
- Broth. Bone broth or other types of broth are one of the easiest things to have when your mouth is still sore. Just be sure it is cool enough before eating. It is even drinkable from a cup if that’s easier, but don’t use a straw. The sucking action required to use a straw can cause bleeding to restart.
- Soup. There are many types of soup that are smooth and don’t require any chewing. Try these for the first few days, and then you can move to a chunky soup as long as the pieces are relatively soft.
- Mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are a filling comfort food. They can be blended with milk to make them as smooth as you would like for easy eating.
- Scrambled eggs. Protein is important for healing, and eggs are a great source of protein that is soft enough to eat after wisdom teeth removal. You can add spinach to get your greens or cheese to add flavor and even more protein to your meal.
- Mashed bananas. Bananas are already soft, but you can mash them up to make them softer. Add some peanut butter for protein or even some chocolate syrup for a treat.
- Yogurt. Greek yogurt is thick and has more protein to help you feel full. Fruit blended yogurts are typically soft enough to eat, but avoid adding granola or anything crunchy.
- Applesauce. A simple, but good one. Apples are an excellent source of fiber and can be combined with other fruits and vegetables to make them more appealing.
- Smoothies. There are tons of smoothie recipes available, but along with fruit consider yogurt, chia seeds, and even avocado to thicken them up so you feel more full. Add spinach or kale for greens that you won’t even taste.
- Avocado. Another excellent source of protein that is soft enough to eat, avocado is even considered a superfood because it is packed with nutrients and it’s also high in calories to keep you full and give you energy.
- Cottage cheese. A soft, protein-rich dairy product, cottage cheese is easy to eat when your mouth is sore.
- Oatmeal. Instant or regular cooked oatmeal is soft enough to eat after wisdom teeth removal. Instant often comes flavored or you can add your own if you cook it yourself.
- Protein shakes: This comes in different flavors and is also nutritive.
Foods Not to Eat
In contrast, there are some foods you should definitely avoid after your wisdom teeth removal, such as:
- Spicy foods. Avoid the hot peppers and spicy salsa while your mouth is healing.
- Acidic foods. Citrus fruits, some salad dressings, and anything else that is highly acidic could irritate your sore gums.
- Hard or Crunchy foods. Avoid chips, nuts, hard candy, or anything that could harm the tender areas where your teeth used to be.
Dr. Sreeni at Dental Implant Center of Rockville Provides Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you’re looking for a dentist with experience in wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Sreeni at Dental Implant Center of Rockville can help you. He has been taking Wisdom teeth out for over 40 years. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most frequent procedures we do. We provide sedation options to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.