For many people, getting their wisdom teeth removed can be a confusing process, as it’s often the first major dental surgery they’ll experience (for some lucky people, it’s the only one they’ll have to experience). But once you’ve gotten your wisdom teeth removed, the process isn’t over yet. It will take some time to recover, and you need to be careful about what you eat. Here are our tips on eating after getting your wisdom teeth removed:
A milkshake might sound like just the thing to treat yourself a little bit after your wisdom teeth extraction and the cool texture might soothe your dry throat. There’s nothing wrong with having a milkshake, but skip the straw and opt for a spoon instead. Sucking on a straw can give you dry sockets, a painful condition that can prolong the time it takes your mouth to heal, and can even result in permanent damage.
Nothing Hard or Crunchy
This seems pretty obvious, but you won’t want to eat anything hard or crunchy until your mouth is fully healed. You don’t want hard foods poking the delicate, recovering tissues or breaking your stitches.
Nothing Too Hot or Too Cold
That milkshake sounds so good, but let it thaw just a little before digging in. Anything that could cause sensitivity normally, like hot or cold, can definitely cause sensitivity in a mouth that’s still healing.
Avoid Things Requiring Lots of Chewing
Leafy greens are so good for you, but they need a lot of chewing, and that’s not going to feel good on your sore mouth. Meat too can be very chewy and hard to eat with a sore mouth.
Some Suggested Foods
- Mashed potatoes
- Soft-serve ice cream
- Bread (not toasted)
- Cooked carrots
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Cottage cheese
If you’re thinking of getting your wisdom teeth out, or if you feel you’re experiencing unnecessary pain following your wisdom tooth removal, give Mogren Dental a call!