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Food after numerous tooth extractions

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Hi; my poor husband had some tooth extractions this am and is in a lot of pain but also very hungry. Any suggestions other than the obvious, rice pudding, scrambled eggs etc, TIA, LuLu

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  1. Hummos!! I could eat it plain w/ a spoon. It was great after I had my wisdom teeth out. My favorite flavors are the red chili pepper, tribe of 40 spices and plain (original).

    I also loved soups-ginger carrot, melon, cream of tomato, cream of chicken, etc

    1. I had a great penne vodka after a root canal last night, so I'd recommend pasta. Just not al dented (which means, of course, "to the tooth".)

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        Frosty Melon (was Chowderhead)

        There are numerous ideas in this recent thread (see link).

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. I recently got some teeth pulled too. I ate lots of oatmeal and ice cream during the first couple of days. :P

          Does anyone know when you are allowed to start eating solid foods again?

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          1. re: dork

            When the opening has healed and is no longer tender. Other wise you could get a piece of food in the wound and it could get infected. Also, it will HURT if you bite onto it!

            1. re: foodiex2

              Thanks. I've been eating solid foods for a couple days already, but now I think I may have started too soon. My gums are a little swollen. :(

          2. I am in week three after two wisdom teeth got pulled, with a slow healing process, so I feel his pain! I agree with previous posts that you don't want to chew until there is no more oozing and you no longer need narcotics. Even once the wound is healing, you can still get food stuck in the holes and if it is hard, like nuts, it still hurts and can delay healing.

            But, despite that, I've had some good eating these last three weeks:

            *Hummus, baba ghanoush
            *Indian dals
            *Soup - cream of spinach, chicken broth, pumpkin bisque
            *Ice cream (this is a great excuse to indulge!)
            *Potatoes and carrots cooked and mashed together, with a little salt, pepper, butter, and horseradish
            *Polenta with basil & garlic flavored goat cheese and tomato sauce
            *Cream of wheat with a little brown sugar and cinnamon
            *Plain yogurt with maple syrup mixed in

            And the best were some savory custards:
            * Braise carrots with honey, thyme, and water
            * Puree about 1 1/2 cups of cooked carrots with a couple shallots and some parsley (use milk to thin if needed)
            * Add 3 eggs and 1/3 cup of milk, salt and pepper to taste
            * Pour into greased dishes appropriate for custard (I used 4 4oz ramekins)
            * Bake in a water bath at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
            * Eat with a spoon!

            I'll check that last recipe at home tonight for measurements.

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            1. re: Elisheva

              For the savory custards use:
              1 1/2 lb carrots
              2 tbsp butter
              2 tsp honey
              3-4 thyme sprigs
              1 tbsp parsley
              1-2 shallots or 1 tbsp minced onion
              2 eggs
              1/3 C milk
              1/4 C grated cheddar
              1/2 tsp salt
              1/8 tsp pepper

              I also forgot to mention the hiya-yakko I ate: chilled soft tofu in a little soy sauce with grated ginger on top. You can add a little mirin (rice vinegar) if you like the taste. Trust me, this is really tasty!

              1. re: Elisheva

                Um, mirin is sweet rice wine, not rice vinegar. Which one did you use?

            2. The last time I had dental work I went for a big strawberry banana smoothie. Definitely cheered me up and staved off hunger for a while...

              1. Two summers ago I broke my jaw. I didn't contend with pulled teeth, but couldn't chew for a month. Some of the things I enjoyed most (besides those already mentioned):

                Indian kichri (gruel made of dals, rice, veggies cooked to near mush) which I would then mix with additional buttermilk or cottage cheese in a blender. The spicing made it interesting.

                Blueberry pancakes (I managed to eat these without bringing my teeth together, it was blueberry season and I was desperate)

                Bread omelet (from Richard Olney) -- about two slices of slightly stale bread, without crusts, crumble in a bowl, add 1/4 cup milk or cream and work into a paste, add another 1/4 cup milk, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup grated parmesan. Cook like a flat omelet in butter in a small skillet. He says to toss or set top under a broiler, I just divide it in half with a pancake turner and flip the halves. This was my favorite discovery during this period, and I still make it with great pleasure.

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                1. re: Deb A

                  Most dentists recommend a light diet for at least for the first 48 hours I know mine does. They tell you to be careful with spicy foods. But you can eat soups, and ice cream. And of course you will want to drink plenty of water!

                  1. ground beef, rice, peas and finely chopped onion..cook the rice in broth for added flavor. And a mashed potatoe with cheese souffle (add a cple of eggs)

                    Also, finely minced beef or ground beef with mushrooms in a gravy underneath a puff pastry shell for a sort of Beef and Mushroom Pie

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                    1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                      I just had mine removed today. I'm already eating basmati rice with roasted chicken. I have a lot of Vanilla Greek Yogurt to eat after my antibiotics. I'm able to eat anything really just nothing crunchy... :( I made something very simple that does help. Frozen bananas on a stick. Your get your potassium plus it feels good on a hot summer day.