No matter what the dental treatment is, one of the questions most frequently asked by our Austin, TX patients must be: “what and when can I eat?” We get it, eating is important. Not all treatments are the same, so the dietary restrictions associated with each one will differ between them. Wisdom tooth removable can be an especially significant procedure and we thought that you’d enjoy a general guide of what kind of diet you should keep immediately following the surgery. However, a more specific set of instructions can only be given by a dentist who knows the exact details of your case, and we encourage you to contact Goehring Dental with any questions or concerns you may have.
The Post-Operative Diet
Near the end of the wisdom tooth procedure, we’ll place fresh gauze pads next to the extraction site. These should be left in for 30 minutes after the surgery is completed; after that, you can carefully remove the gauze pads to eat or drink. During the first 24 hours following the extraction of your wisdom teeth, you’ll want to stick to fluids and very soft foods, such as ice cream, pudding, soup, or applesauce. It’s advisable to avoid straws when you drink, because the suction can dislodge the blood clot at the wound site, which can impede the healing and even cause the uncomfortable post-operative complication known as dry socket.
Thereafter, you can move on to a wider food group, although you’ll still want to avoid tough and hard culinary items. This slightly less constrictive diet should be followed for one or two weeks after the procedure, although you can ask your dentist for a more precise estimate. While you may be restricted for many hard foods, there’s still quite a bit of choice. Popular foods include mashed potatoes, ice cream, smoothies, milkshakes, pudding, oatmeal, and soup. Gradually, you can move towards soft pasta, eggs, pancakes, and other options of similar texture. You will still want to stay away from items like popcorn, nuts, and chips.
Get creative! The post-operative diet isn’t that bad. Many patients like to stick to the same foods during the healing period. This is certainly a viable option if that’s what you prefer. Other patients, however, can get frustrated because of the apparent restrictions on what they can eat. The truth is that there are various foods you can continue to enjoy. The key is to stick to softer foods that won’t place undue pressure on the wound site or which could otherwise complicate the healing of the extraction site. The true range of foods you could eat is limited only by your imagination and ingenuity!
Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Austin, TX
If you have not yet had your wisdom teeth removed, it is recommended that you keep a look out for the many symptoms of their impending eruption. Obstructed wisdom teeth can cause your teeth to become crooked or misaligned, they can increase the risk of infection, and they can result in oral tumors and cysts. To learn more about wisdom teeth and why dentists recommend their extraction, contact Goehring Dental to schedule your no-obligation consultation today!