Food after Tooth Extractions or Wisdom Tooth Removal 

By - Ritambra
10.01.2023 21:34:37
If you had been operated for tooth extractions or wisdom tooth removal, you should read this article as recommendations for food items you can eat after the procedure. It is crucial to adhere to a soft recovery diet and following these recommendations will help you heal quickly and stay comfortable. Given that tooth extractions or wisdom tooth removal procedure is a significant one, it is crucial to follow all the proper post-operative instructions to guarantee a speedy recovery. In case you experience any complications, you are requested to contact our front office immediately.

Food Items you can Eat after Dental Implant Surgery

What to Eat within 3 Hours?

As a general rule of thumb, soft and cold diet food items within first 3 hours acts as a cold compress for the tooth tooth extractions or wisdom tooth removal site. When you eat cold diet, the blood vessels around the area narrow down. The constriction of the blood vessels prevents them from carrying a lot of fluid to the surrounding tissue which reduces swelling. Eating an ice-cream free from nuts and caramels acts as excellent cold compress. You can also take cold Juices but advised to drink straight from the glass. Negative pressure in the mouth while drinking juices with straw can lead to dislodgement of the blood clot. Avoid sticky, spicy and hard food items to minimize the irritation and chance of infection. Disturbing  the area will cause early wound breakdown and exposure of the area, resulting in a higher chance of failure. While selecting fruit smoothies, try to include citrus fruits such as oranges, and grapefruits in moderation. Smoothies without dairy or banana ice cream can soothe swelling, numb your lips, and keep you upbeat.

                                                       Ice Creams free from Carmels and Nuts                                                               Cold Juices

List of Nutrient Rich Cold Food Items with Recipes

Eating foods that need little to no chewing before swallowing is best. It allows the wound (if any) to heal more quickly while controlling pain and inflammation. Ensure that you consume cold chew free food items that are also nutrient rich.

Smoothies. Smoothies are satisfying, nutrient-dense, and simple to add essential vitamins for regenerated energy. They are perfect for the following surgery because they don't require chewing. Try Blueberry SmoothieFruit SmoothieGreen Breakfast Smoothie.

            Blueberry Smoothie.          Fruit Smoothie                Green Breakfast Smoothie

Cold soups. Hot foods should be avoided immediately after the procedure, but cold soups like GazpachoCold cucumber soup are okay to eat.  

                             Gazpacho                                       Cold cucumber soup

Applesauce. You won't be able to bite into an apple at this stage of your therapy, but Applesauce contains all the same nutrients in an implant-safe form.


Other cool liquid foods include shakes, Banana Pudding,  Fruit Pudding, Fruit Jelly and Jell-O, fruit juices and nectars, and milkshakes.

                        Banana Pudding                    Fruit Jelly.              Fruit Pudding

Soft Food Items to Eat for next 10-14 Days

To safeguard the tooth tooth extractions or wisdom tooth removal area, you must avoid eating some hard and sticky food items in the days and weeks following your the procedure. It would help if you continue eating only soft foods for at least 10 to 14 days after the treatment or until your mouth is pain-free because you will have a temporary restriction on your chewing ability. Make sure that the food items sought, are fork-mashable and holds good nutrition value while on a soft diet, you should still eat various foods. Fortunately, there are many nutritious items available in soft food diet.

Here are some ideas, broken down into food categories:

  • Energy-boosting carbs: Mashed potatoes, oat or rice, porridge (Dalia), whole grain biscuits soaked in milk
  • Protein for repair and growth: Baked Beans, Steamed fish, tofu, soft-boiled or scrambled eggs, protein shakes
  • Drink dairy for calcium: Milkshakes, puddings, yoghurt, smoothies, and cottage cheese
  • Vegetables and fruits for vitamins and minerals: Bananas, Mango pulp, avocado, mashed carrots, mashed pumpkin, mashed apples and poached pears. Vitamin-rich soups and broths can keep you hydrated and nourish you.

Food Items to Avoid

For the next few days following surgery, stay away from the following foods:

  • Spicy Meals: Spicy meals, including salsa and chilli peppers should be avoided. Hot and spicy foods can irritate your surgery sites and delay your recovery. Avoid anything strongly spiced to be safe, and stick to warm or even room-temperature foods.
  • Vegetables and fruits that is firm. Even though they are healthy, raw apples and carrots are difficult to chew and should be avoided. Avoid hard foods by sticking to soft substitutes like bananas and peas that provide the same nourishment without damaging your teeth.
  • Other crunchy treats include popcorn. A snack that can lodge in your surgery site and cause inflammation and discomfort should be avoided, such as popcorn, nuts, seeds, and other similar foods.
  • Gummy or chewy candies. Avoid eating sweets, especially those that contain taffy or caramel. They tend to stick to teeth and could knock a temporary restoration off. A fruit protein shake is perfect if you're craving something sweet. candy and bagels.
  • Alcohol: After dental implant surgery, you must stop drinking alcohol even if you occasionally enjoy a glass of wine or a beautiful cocktail. Alcohol might cause greater swelling and impede the healing process. Even your post-operative pain drugs may interact in a harmful way with it.
  • Dairy Products: Dairy products may cause the oral tissues to become inflamed, which is undesirable after dental implant surgery. Thus you will be advised to avoid them the days after your procedure. Dairy products are also known to cause nausea and vomiting with Antibiotics.

Each mouth is unique, and each person's response to tooth tooth extractions or wisdom tooth removal is also unique. As a general rule, the foods listed above are acceptable to eat following tooth removal procedure. If you have any questions, be sure to contact our office!

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