There are several foods that you need to avoid to make sure that healing goes smoothly after having your wisdom teeth removed. For example, chewy snacks or candy, crunchy granola, and other foods that might poke into the extraction site. Before you come in for the extraction procedure, you should have your kitchen stocked with soft foods for your recovery period.
Some great soft foods we suggest are smoothies, soup, cottage cheese, ice cream, fruits, avocados, mashed potatoes, pasta, pancakes, eggs, and yogurt. Prepare vegetables to be easy to eat. Avoid solid foods with sharp edges, such as raw lettuce, because they can disturb the site. Foods to stay away from during your first week of recovery include chewy or hard candies, crackers, crunchy vegetables, apples, solid meats, spicy flavors, nuts, and chips.
After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, a blood clot will form in the hole where the tooth used to be. The clot is vital for proper healing. If disturbed or lost, the socket will take longer to heal and might prolong the usual soreness you’ll experience after the extractions. Additional assistance may be needed to treat the resulting dry socket, so you need to be extremely gentle during the first few days of recovery in what you eat. Also, do not use a straw for drinking. You may draw the clot out of the socket when you create the vacuum in your mouth to drink through a straw.
A few days to a week after your surgery, you can start to eat more solid foods again. A few days will ensure that the critical blood clot has sufficiently stopped any bleeding and promoted a socket ready for new bone to grow.
We will go over all this with you in your consultation before the extractions and give you further instructions. Most importantly, after you are home and ready to eat, take care to be gentle. Pay attention to how you’re feeling, and call us if you have any questions.