It is best to eat soft foods that are easy to chew after a wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental treatment, and can help to alleviate pain and improve overall oral health. Patients who have had their wisdom teeth removed may be wondering what they can eat after surgery. There are many foods that you should avoid, but there are also some good options for post-surgery healing that will help to speed up the process and make your recovery easier. Read on to find out which foods you can enjoy during the recovery period, and which ones are best avoided until your mouth has completely healed…
What are wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are located at the back of the mouth. They are usually the last teeth to erupt, and typically come through during the late adolescent or early adult years. In most cases, four wisdom teeth come through — one in each corner of the mouth. Although wisdom teeth do not always cause problems, they can cause oral health issues, as well as some uncomfortable symptoms particularly in cases where there is not enough space to accommodate the teeth at the back of the mouth. When wisdom teeth only partially emerge, they are known as impact wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems, including crowding and infection.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted and are causing you discomfort and/or oral health issues, your dentist may recommend that you have them extracted.
What can you eat after wisdom teeth removal?
After you have been through wisdom teeth surgery, it is completely normal to experience some pain and swelling for a few days. For this reason, it is advisable that you eat foods that are easy to chew and that won’t exacerbate your discomfort. Be sure to choose foods that are nutritious as this will help to aid the recovery process.
Some foods that are both nourishing and easy to eat include blended soups; smoothies; yoghurt; mashed vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkins; scrambled eggs; and mashed fruits like avocado and bananas.
What foods should you avoid after wisdom teeth removal?
Although it is possible to enjoy a healthy and varied diet after oral surgery, there are a few foods that are best avoided while you heal. Certain foods can cause pain and irritation at the site of surgery, while others can get stuck in the surgical wound and delay the healing process.
Some foods that should be avoided include spicy foods; crunchy foods like chips and crackers; grains and seeds that can get stuck in the surgical wound; and foods that are particularly chewy. It is also advisable that you avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while you recover from your treatment — alcohol can cause irritation in the mouth and may also interact with any pain medications that your dentist prescribes.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we offer a number of oral surgeries, including wisdom teeth removal. If you are experiencing issues related to your wisdom teeth, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can assess your oral health and let you know if a wisdom tooth extraction is appropriate for you.
If you are a suitable candidate for treatment, there are a few different methods available. The method that we recommend for you will depend on a few factors, including how difficult the extraction is likely to be. When you come in for a consultation, we will explain the details of each procedure to you and let you know what to expect from the treatment process, as well as the recovery period.
If you would like to find out more about wisdom teeth removal and what it involves at Access Dental Care, please have a look here.
If you would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call on (08) 9485 0600 or get in touch with us here.