What to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal – Keep Your Recovery On Track!

What to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth removal is a simple surgery. At Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery, it will usually only take an hour or two for Dr. Abtin Shahriari and our team to extract your wisdom teeth in Atlanta.

But once you’re sent home, the healing will begin. Atlanta oral surgeon, Dr. Shahriari, will provide you with a full set of instructions to follow after your surgery. And this will include advice on what foods to eat as you recover. Want a sneak preview? Here’s a quick guide on what you should eat after you have your wisdom teeth removed at Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery.

0-2 Days After Surgery –  Stick With Liquid And Very Soft Foods

You can eat as soon as your surgery is over and your numbing wears off. And you should eat! Proper nutrition is important to help your body recover, rebuild, and heal. But for the first day or two, we recommend sticking with liquid or very soft foods that require minimal chewing:

  • Blended soups
  • Broth
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Applesauce
  • Ice cream 
  • Milkshakes
  • Pudding and Jell-O

Since they require no chewing or minimal chewing, these foods will be easy to eat while you get over the worst of your post-extraction discomfort. And for the most part, the foods you eat should be cool or room temperature, too. Really hot foods may irritate your extraction site. 

3-7 Days After Surgery – Incorporate Soft Foods Back Into Your Diet

Most patients can start eating foods that require a bit more chewing after 2-3 days. Some of our suggestions include:

  • Oatmeal
  • Pancakes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Hummus
  • Soft bread

As you continue to heal over the next week, you should be able to introduce even more foods back into your diet.

1-2 Weeks After Surgery – Branch Out, Try New Foods, Listen To Your Body

After about a week, your extraction site will be mostly healed, and you’ll be able to eat a wider variety of foods. You can introduce meats like chicken, pork, fish, and beef back into your diet. As a rule of thumb, just listen to what your body is telling you as you chew. As long as what you’re eating isn’t causing you any pain, you’re pretty much good to go!

However, we do advise against eating really hard, tough, chewy, and crunchy foods for at least two weeks. These foods can be hard to chew, and crunchy or sharp foods could poke and irritate your wisdom tooth extraction sites. So until your mouth is fully healed, you should continue to avoid things like chips, pretzels, crusty bread, beef jerky, and other such foods.

Got Painful Wisdom Teeth In Atlanta? Get The Relief You Need Today!

Dr. Shahriari and our team are always here to help you get relief from painful, unhealthy wisdom teeth. If you think that you may need wisdom tooth removal in Atlanta, contact Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery today. Relief is just a phone call away. You can call our Buckhead office at 404-905-3911, or call our Cumming office at 404-982-4431, and get expert care from our team of oral surgeons in Atlanta.