After an extraction.

Care after wisdom tooth extraction is key to promote the recovery process of the surgery and prevent possible complications. Therefore, it is essential to follow the dentist's instructions in this regard.

In that sense, not all foods and beverages are recommended after such an intervention. Therefore, it is important to know the best options regarding what to eat after the extraction of a wisdom tooth.

In addition, it should be noted that possible discomfort after surgery may make it difficult to chew and eat certain types of food. Mainly, inflammation and pain in the area.

Especially in the hours following the procedure, when there may be some bleeding.

At the same time, the complexity of the surgery and the total number of teeth extracted on the same day will also have an influence on the diet.

However, there are some general recommendations regarding the best type of food after wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom teeth What to eat after an extraction?

The truth is that one of the most frequent doubts about this type of surgery is whether it is possible to eat after wisdom teeth extraction and, if so, what type of food. In this regard, it should be said that it is not only convenient to maintain a proper diet, but it will help mitigate the discomfort and promote faster healing.

Thus, the general recommendations are as follows.

  • It is possible to eat after wisdom teeth extraction. However, you must wait until your mouth is no longer numb from the anesthesia to avoid biting the inside of your cheek, lip or tongue.
  • It is best to eat only soft foods in the first 24 hours after surgery. For example, yogurt, applesauce, vegetable creams or purees.
  • Gradually, you can introduce semi-soft foods such as fresh cheese, banana, avocado, egg or fish. In other words, foods that can be easily broken with a fork.
  • It is important to stay hydrated, so drink water frequently. Also, in case food intake is limited in the first few days, liquid food will help to compensate for this.
  • As the pain and inflammation subside, new foods can be incorporated.
  • Full recovery after wisdom tooth removal can take up to two weeks. However, it is after seven days that most people can return to their normal diet.

Foods to avoid after surgery

Therefore, knowing what to eat when you have your wisdom teeth removed is key to promote recovery. However, it is equally important to know what foods and beverages should not be consumed after undergoing this surgery.

  • Hard, crunchy foods can get stuck in the cavity and hinder wound healing. In turn, stitches, if present, could be reopened. This would be the case, for example, with bread, nuts, popcorn, crackers or potato chips.
  • Be careful with rice, quinoa and other grains, as they can get 'trapped' in the extraction zone. The same applies to seeds.
  • Spicy or overly acidic foods may cause irritation in the area and more pain.
  • Sticky foods increase the risk of biting your mouth, especially after surgery.
  • Alcohol should be avoided during the recovery period after wisdom tooth extraction. Especially in the first 24 hours. It can irritate the wound area and/or interact with the prescribed medication, as well as increase bleeding and delay healing.
  • It is also not advisable to drink coffee or hot or carbonated beverages that could irritate the tissues and hinder healing.

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