For many young adults, the wisdom teeth are the very first dental extraction experience. This is a significant dental procedure, so you may wonder what to expect from the process. While your oral surgeon will review your aftercare instructions and complications to watch for, this information likely won't include tips about what you can eat during the recovery. Here are some tips to help you craft a workable diet for the first week of your recovery.
Your First Post-Extraction Day
The first day post-extraction is usually the toughest or at least the most painful. You'll want to avoid anything that requires chewing so that you don't risk any food particles reaching the sockets where your wisdom teeth were extracted.
Opt for foods like applesauce, yogurt, soup, ice cream and mashed potatoes. If you want a smoothie, be sure to drink it directly from the glass. Using a straw requires suction that can actually dislodge the blood clots in the sockets. This leads to a condition that is known as dry socket, and it can be very painful.
The Day After Surgery
You'll still be in some pain for several days after the surgery. You may even notice some swelling develop by the day after the surgery. You'll gradually find your appetite coming back, but you'll still want to stick with soft foods and eat in small bites so that you don't contaminate the extraction sites with food particles while they're still healing. Foods like scrambled eggs, baked potato and soft pasta work well. Just remember that it's important not to skip eating, You need those nutrients to help encourage the healing process.
Getting Through The First Week
You should notice a gradual reduction in your discomfort as that first week progresses. Keep in mind that it takes time for extractions to heal completely, so you'll want to be cautious about the foods you eat during this time. Take it slow when you eat and gradually work in more of your normal foods. If you notice that something starts to cause discomfort, skip it and try it again in a couple of days. Keep in mind that the muscles in your jaw are going to be somewhat fatigued, so you may notice soreness along your jawline when you chew, too. This will improve gradually as you restore your diet to more solid foods.
The better stocked your kitchen is before your extraction surgery, the easier it will be for you to prepare meals and have the things that you need. With the tips here, you'll be better prepared with things to eat as your extractions heal.