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Feb 22, 2007 08:50 AM

Advice: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, what to eat?

I will be having oral surgery to extract my wisdom tooth in about 4 hours. Of course, I was instructed not to eat anything 8 hours prior to surgery, so I'm already starving! I'm planning ahead and reaching out to the Hounds... what does one eat post surgery? I'm looking for suggestions past jello and clear broth soups. Let me know if that is what I'm only limited to; I'd be really sad.

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  1. At first you'll want pretty liquid things, but then you can move on to things that require minimal chewing. I found when I had my wisdom teeth out that I got tired of sweets pretty fast - jello, milk shakes, etc. I liked hummus --- I could either eat it plain or sort of gum the pita bread, scrambled eggs, noodle soup (pho without the meat), and eventually things like mac and cheese. I had a rough recovery though -- the codeine and the pain made me vomit, and I think I got dry socket -- I was in bed for nearly a week and not back to normal (full jaw movement) for 2 or 3 weeks. Other people are fine the next day.

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    1. re: Amuse Bouches

      i feel your pain- I was in college for nursing school so I had to get mine out during Christmas break- I ate lots of mashed potatoes and macn cheese, then someone made chocolate pudding for me (from scratch too!), then I took Percocet, then I threw up. Still nervous around chocolate pudding! All foods taste awful going the wrong way- its inevitable!

      1. re: Amuse Bouches

        My dentist also recommended that I NOT drink carbonated drinks and that is just hard for me cause I LOVE diet pepsi and i am not supposed to have it for a week!

        1. re: masterchief

          I feel for you master, I haven't been allowed to have coke or pepsi or dr pepper in over 3 years and I LOVE coke.

          When I had my wisdom teeth out I had a rough time of it for 2 weeks. they did 2 teeth at a time 1 on the left and on the right so when I would try and chew my swollen gums would stick together. I pretty much lived a liquid diet which included soup I could drink and of course lots of beer. One night out with the girls they were serving pizza at the bar and I just had to have some I was so starved. so I only ate the cheese in little bites that I didn't have to chew. I also ate alot of ice cream.

          Good luck and speedy recovery!

          1. re: Smileelisa

            You're NOT supposed to drink alcohol!

            1. re: starchix01

              my oral surgeon said that smoothies made with alcohol were fine.
              they actually
              a) tasted good
              b) the alcohol was an appetite stimulant for other food
              c) eased the general level of discomfort and misery associated with the extractions.

              1. re: westsidegal

                do not drink alcohol and take narcotics!

                1. re: macsak

                  Pffft Lightweight. I had all 4 surgically removed in one sitting, went home and ate POPCORN, the resumed my 10th grade school schedule the next day. What a generation of adult babies. I had black eyes and thumb print shaped bruises on my face.

                    1. re: shecrab

                      You were lucky to have them removed so young. The older you get, the harder this type of surgery can be on the patient. There's a higher risk of nerve damage and unfortunately, adults don't always bounce back as quickly as teens. The natural aging process and all. So be thankful you were in 10th grade, otherwise you may have been among the adult babies had they been removed later in life.

            2. re: masterchief

              It's actually okay to drink carbonated stuff if you let it go flat first :)

              My dentist recommended flat pop and it's been great so far. I just had my teeth out two days ago and I can't eat solid food yet so getting that extra sugar is nice.

            3. re: Amuse Bouches

              I second the pho...I lived on it for the first two days after surgery. Be careful to not drink anything if you are "sucking" like from a squeeze bottle or a can cause dry socket.

              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                I had three horizontally impacted wisdom teeth and a bit of my jaw removed yesterday morning. The first thing I attempted to eat after my pain killer and a bunch of water was chicken flavored Ramen Soup. I was lukewarm and felt heavenly to my growling stomach. I have eaten pudding, jell-o, breaded tofu, couscous, and even candied carrots that my mom put in a blender for me. My friends have been visiting to see my chipmunk cheeks and even brought me some sherbet. I am finding that as long as nothing is too hard and it can be squished between my tongue and the roof of my mouth, it is okay. And everyone is right, cold stuff feels AMAZING!
                Good luck to anyone going through this. Nap time for me! :)

                1. re: Amuse Bouches

                  I just had all four removed 4 days ago with no stitches and I thought I recovered fairly well considering that the day after I ate scrambled eggs and soft hash browns. But I later found out that the eggs got stuck in the pocket so I've had the taste of spoiled eggs and blood in my mouth for days now. I had to go back to my diet of mashed potatoes, yogurt, applesauce, and jello. I ate some ramen and chicken noodle soup and the noodles were soft enough to digest. I recommend to stay away from the eggs for a couple days or a week.

                  1. re: DestroyRome

                    How did you get the egg out! I'm in the same situation! I understand why they recommend it, it's soft. But I've been swishing salt water around in my mouth and it still won't come out!

                    1. re: jfish528

                      If you got a syringe from the doctor you can aim salt water at your sockets and the egg should come right out. It is a little gross to experience but it worked great for me

                      1. re: jfish528

                        Use a syringe. Stick it in the area just a above your hole where the tooth used to be. Flush it with the full amount the syringe holds.

                  2. Oh, poor you! Think soft, comfort food: mashed potatoes, pudding, soft cereals, polenta, soft boiled eggs, milk shakes. Basically anything that is soft for your mouth. I'm sure they'll give you a list of "approved" foods, and you'll probably be eating these for a week or so. And even after that time, you'll have to be careful. I made the mistake of eating chips and salsa a few weeks after--oy!

                    Good luck!

                    1. I hope everything goes well with your surgery, went through the same a few years back and it was no fun (but after reading the other posts maybe I had it easy).

                      I'm sure the dentist will tell you to avoid "sucking actions", but I found that I was able to drink shakes and smoothies without straws. Because I was having problems chewing, that day I drank alot of Ensure and Boost. Later I was able to eat mashed potatoes and yogurt.

                      The next day I was basically eating everything (french fries, pizza, etc.). I found that taking small bites and chewing towards the front of the mouth worked out well.

                      I would suggest avoiding anything withseeds because of the risk of getting them caught in the stitchs/holes. But other then that eat what ever you are comfortable with.

                      Good luck

                      1. They will give you post op instructions. Usually soft foods. Nothing hot. Cold or luke warm is ideal. Ice cream, frozen yogurt are best. You'll be fine

                        1. Is it just one? My son had one removed yesterday and the surgeon told him he could eat anything but hard food, and to chew on the other side. He had scrambled eggs and yogurt when he got home, then pizza and pasta at night, no problems. If you're having teeth removed from both sides, then there are more restrictions.