Stick to soft foods after you have been through an oral surgery like an extraction.
If your dentist recommended that you have a tooth extracted, you might be wondering what to expect from the recovery period. The reality is that while an extraction often improves one’s dental health in the long term, it is completely normal to experience some discomfort while you heal from the treatment. You are likely to feel some pain and sensitivity at the site of extraction, as well as swelling and bleeding that can make eating uncomfortable and difficult for a little while. During this time, it is best to stick to foods that are either liquid or soft and which don’t need much chewing — here are our suggestions for foods that can help you through your recovery following oral surgery…
1. Cool soups and broths
One of the best foods to eat while you are recovering from a tooth extraction is soup. Soup is packed with nutrients and is very easy to eat. Just be sure to choose one that is blended rather than chunky, and enjoy it at a lukewarm or cold temperature. Hot soups and broths can irritate the tissues in your mouth and exacerbate any discomfort that you feel. As you heal, you can begin to add some easy-to-eat components to your soup, such as soft pasta or small pieces of vegetables.
Another great source of nutrients, smoothies can be custom-made to suit your particular preferences. Simply blend your favourite fruits with yoghurt or milk for a vitamin and calcium-rich snack. You might even consider adding some leafy greens like kale for an extra-nutritious option. When drinking your smoothie, it is best that you don’t use a straw — sucking on a straw can dislodge the blood clot that protects your empty tooth socket, which can lead to an issue known as dry socket.
3. Scrambled and mashed foods
If you are struggling to chew and bite after your oral surgery but would like to make sure that you are getting enough nutrients, it’s a good idea to mash fruits and vegetables. It makes them easier to eat — try mashing fruits and vegetables like potatoes, pumpkins, avocadoes, bananas, as well as stewed apples and pears. For a protein fix, you might consider trying some scrambled eggs. They don’t require too much chewing, so they should be manageable while your mouth is healing. Just remember to eat them once they have cooled down to avoid discomfort.
4. Avoid certain foods
Although there are plenty of foods that are safe to enjoy after an oral surgery, like an extraction, there are a few that are best avoided while you heal. Spicy and acidic foods, for example, should be avoided as they can cause irritation to the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Foods that are particularly crunchy are also best avoided until you have completely recovered — snacks like chips and crackers tend to be quite difficult to eat in the first few days following surgery.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we offer a range of oral surgeries, including extractions. Although your dentist will do their best to save a damaged tooth and prevent an extraction, there are cases where it is necessary to have a tooth removed. It is often in the case of trauma and advanced gum disease, as well as for orthodontic reasons or when wisdom teeth have become impacted.
When you come in and see us, we will examine your teeth thoroughly before determining the best course of treatment. If one or more of your teeth need to be extracted, we will explain the process to you in detail and guide you through the treatment from beginning to end.
To find out more about extractions and what they involve, please have a look here.
To book an appointment, please contact us here or give us a call at (08) 9485 0600.