The extraction of wisdom teeth is quite painful, but eating after removal of wisdom teeth can sometimes be worse than the procedure itself. Your dentist may ask you to limit yourself to soft foods and liquids for the next 24 hours after an extraction. Discovering which foods are safe will help you speed up your recovery and reduce post-extraction pain. After you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed or undergo root canal treatment, it’s very important to ensure you’re getting the right nutrition. A nutritious diet minimizes the risk of complications, helps reduce swelling, provides nourishment and aids the wound-healing process.
The foods you eat after root canal treatment should be soft and easy to chew. They should also be abundant in vitamins, minerals, energy, and protein to assist wound healing.
For most people, cold liquids will help reduce swelling and pain. Try to avoid very sweet or very acidic drinks, as they can irritate raw meat in and around the extraction site. Smoothies, cold tea, and soft drinks are a good option for cold beverages.
Hot drinks can also reduce pain, especially for people with sensitive teeth. Hot coffee, tea, and clear soups relieve nerve pain, which can worsen after extraction. Avoid very hot drinks, which can make the pain worse.
Safe foods include mashed potatoes, soft soups, and stews, cooked fruits, baked fish and pasta dishes that do not require much chewing. Scrambled eggs, tortillas, and boiled eggs are safe options for breakfast. Oats, soft cereals and bananas are also safe options for lunch.
Cream soups, noodle soups, and soft stews are an excellent choice for lunch and dinner. Canned beef stew is generally safe, but it may be necessary to cook it to soften the meat instead of warming it. Avoid soups and stews containing rice, chunks of spices, fluffy cereals, and meatballs. Although meatballs are technically soft foods, they can be compressed into a hard, sticky ball during chewing.
Apple sauces, ice cream, ice cream sticks, gelatin desserts, sugar-free puddings, and steamed chicken, lamb and pork are other safe foods. Any food that can swallow without chewing is safe after tooth extraction. Just make sure you take tiny bites to reduce the risk of choking.
What you do after eating is as important as what you eat after you extract the wisdom tooth. Your dentist will explain how to take care of your teeth after an extraction. You may be asked to use a mild saltwater rinse for the first 12 hours after your appointment. Then you can use a mild mouthwash as recommended by your dentist. Brush your teeth gently during the early few days and avoid brushing them at the extraction site. Good oral hygiene after tooth extraction will help prevent gingivitis and other oral infections. Redness, swelling, fever and excessive pain may be signs of disease. Inform your dentist immediately of these symptoms to avoid complications.