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Getting Wisdom Teeth Out.....What to eat?

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Hi all...wondering if I can get some suggestions on what I'll be able to eat once I have my wisdom teeth out this week. I know it'll be 'soft' foods, but I need some creative inspiration. Much thanks.

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  1. There have been many threads on these with great suggestions, over the past couple of years at least. You might try searching first (just try "teeth" for starters)

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    1. re: Karl S.

      When my lower wisdom teeth were extracted, it was rough because they were deeply impacted. For several days, I lived on yogurt and mashed potatoes.

      I haven't touched yogurt since!

    2. WOW! I just clicked on General to post the exact same question! I'm getting mine out on Friday and so far I just see breakfast foods gallore (yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal) and desert items such as shakes. But I would love to get some ideas of some salty-spicy foods too.

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      1. re: Olga

        You really don't want to put salty/spicy food into those fresh wounds.

        1. re: Greg Spence

          And you don't want to be sucking anything through a straw, especially milkshakes. It will cause dry socket which is horribly painful.

      2. If you do this, you'll be able to eat almost anything you want in a day or two: ICE! ICE! ICE! I can't overemphasize how important it is to keep ice packs on your jaw for as long as you possibly can. That means at least the first ten hours after surgery.

        Doing that will dramatically keep the swelling down and you won't look like a chipmunk for the next week or ten days.

        When I had mine out, the only thing I can remember was eating hearts of palm, the small bits of which were exceedingly difficult to extract from the holes in my lower jaw. Everything else was fine.

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          JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

          Smoothies and shakes sound good, but DO NOT use a straw. There's a chance that you'll pull one of the clots out and create a dry socket- you really really don't want one of those.

          1. I ate couscous with stewed vegetables after I had mine removed.

            1. I would say it depends upon you, and your doctor.

              When I got my wisdom teeth removed, I got all four done at once. It was major surgery, although I was not expecting it to be so in advance. Aside from making sure my doctor gave me back the teeth (they look pretty darn cool, like something out of the stone age), I had very little wherewithall to be able to do anything in the aftermath. I didn't eat solid food for weeks -- my favorite food in the interem, I must say, was hagen daas vanilla -- when else can you justify eating ice cream every day. I even missed a (what turned out to be final given the closing date of the restaurant) dinner at Chasen's in L.A. for my mom's birthday. Luckily one of the restaurant's specialty was chili :-) 'Twas about 4 days after the surgery, and I could only eat what I could sip off a spoon. Ah well, I can only console myself with the fact that Chasen's was never known for their food. At least I got to experience the environment ;-)

              1. I had all 4 pulled at once too, and wish I had known about the ice thing ahead of time! I survived on garlic mashed potatoes for quite a long time after my teeth were pulled... and I've been reluctant to make them since. But it worked well. Also tried sticking some spaghetti in the blender, but I think that just made me realize how much I wanted regular food. As for the couscous, I'd just get really worried about it getting into the holes left from the operation... I was kind of paranoid about that :)

                1. Hot dogs were my best friend when I had mine out. Along with mashed potatoes and applesauce and sherbert.

                    1. re: Fresh Basil

                      But not hot soup.

                      Try to avoid hot liquids.

                    2. I won't scare you with my wisdom teeth horror story since you still have to have it done, but my favorite thing to eat was avocados with Annie's cilantro lime dressing - yum! Just be careful, especially if they are impacted or dificult to remove!

                      1. Mac and cheese and thick shakes.

                        1. b

                          Chocolate mousse (with or without a dollop of whipped cream).

                          1. Also, you will probably get the usual advice to avoid straws for a few days; you don't want to suck strongly on liquids, to avoid disrupting the formation of the needed clot. I will avoid discussing dry pockets.

                            1. Mushroom bisque. My mother made that for me when I had mine out (at the tender age of about 26 which was considered old for having those teeth pulled) and sipping it was like a dream!

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                              1. re: Ann Vuletich

                                I had mine taken out at 20, along with 4 others in preparation for getting braces. Thankfully I lived at home then, and Mum took good care of me. Chicken broth with elbows or rice and flat Coke was what I subsisted on for about a week (along with the Percocets for pain).

                                  1. re: Ann Vuletich

                                    At 14 (!!) I lost all 4 wisdom teeth, and subsided for one glorious week on chocolate milkshakes, mashed potatoes with gravy, and the Legend of Zelda. The experience wasn't discomforting, so I eat both these foods now (unlike my bout of pnemoniua, which reduced me to eating chocolate fudge swirl ice cream, which I cannot taste even 10 years after the fact.)