What To Eat After A Tooth Extraction

Extracting a tooth is usually a last resort for most patients and dentists. Most dental professionals will do everything they can to save a tooth, but sometimes it’s just not possible, especially with wisdom teeth. The aftermath will be painful and unpleasant, but trying to stay nourished might be the hardest part. Let’s dive into what to eat after a tooth extraction.

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Some Tips Prior To Your Oral Surgery

Manhattan Dental Arts will give you a list of dos and don’ts before your tooth is extracted. This will include some of the foods we will mention here. Head to the grocery store and pick up what you need. Once you have the procedure, all you will want to do for the first day is sleep, especially if you have sedation. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet even during this short time period in order to help your body heal and encourage your immune system to function properly.

Think comfort foods. and what you remember eating after having your tonsils out: pudding, jello, and ice cream. Ah, yes sounds better already.

Soft Foods Are Best After A Tooth Extraction

Some of the best choices include the following:

  • Scrambled eggs provide some needed protein plus Vitamin A and B12 for your immune system. Add in some melted Swiss cheese and finely chopped spinach.
  • Greek yogurt supplies probiotics for better digestion. Stir in some jam or mashed bananas.
  • Applesauce for fiber is a great choice and satisfies a sweet tooth.
  • Mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious. Just be sure they are not too hot.
  • Broths and soups without any chewy meat are quite satisfying. Keep it at a medium temperature.
  • Of course break out all the fun stuff. Indulge in ice cream without any additives or crunchy filling, and jello is always a treat topped with some whipped cream. You deserve it!

What Foods You Should Avoid

Skip any alcohol for at least several days, and avoid using a straw as it can discharge a blood clot. Obviously no hard, chewy, or crunchy foods should be consumed. No spicy foods or crusty bread until you heal. Nothing with seeds as they can get caught in your extraction site.

Contact Manhattan Dental Arts at (212) 247-2330 if you have questions or concerns after your tooth extraction.