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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!

          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 straw...it 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!

              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.

                      1. Keep it soft, and as viperlush said, nothing small and solid enough to get caught in the pockets....so that means NO rice to start. Believe me, you do NOT want to get dry socket!

                        Start with yogurt, applesauce, plain ice cream, pudding, mashed potatoes (this is where you add lots of butter and sour cream for extra rich flavor!), fruit smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream, tepid broth, jello, cooked noodles, scrambled eggs....and oh, did I mention ICE CREAM! <g>

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                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          I'm glad someone mentioned rice. NO RICE. the damn things get stuck in the hole and don't come out without the aid of some pointed instrument which inevitably hits the raw edge. I unfortunately speak from experience, painful experience but it was my fault since i didn't listen.

                          1. re: choctastic

                            Sheesh! No stitches? I've had all four wisdom teeth removed by four different dentists, and they ALL sewed me up!

                            I remember the most wonderful soft boiled eggs with butter, salt and pepper, and gently toasted gummy white bread after my first wisdom tooth was pulled. It was good but didn't quite measure up the next three times. Softly scrambled eggs are good too. A baked potato with lots of butter, sour cream, cheese and chives. Forget about the bacon. Rice pudding. Lots of good stuff...!

                            If the dentist did NOT sew up your gums, forget about all of the above and stick to liquids and keep your tongue away from the hole. You do NOT want to dislodge the clot and end up with a dry socket!

                            Good luck with it all. Forty years from now you'll hardly remember any of it. '-)

                            1. re: Caroline1

                              You only need sutures if there is an incision made. If it is a simple extraction, no sutures are required. In fact, suturing up after a simple extraction (where you just pull the tooth) can create a problem as you prevent the wound from expressing extra fluid.

                        2. speaking from experience myself, I had all four impacted wisdom teeth extracted 20 years or so years ago. My girlfriend (now my wife) made me chocolate pudding and served it to me warm in a big bowl, then made chicken soup. I'm not sure whether it was the after effects of the sedative or the pain medication, but I just about licked out the bowl. It was the most delicious thing I had ever tasted. The recipe she used was the one on the side of the cornstarch box.

                          Good luck and have a quick and painless recovery...

                          p.s. I forgot to add that less than a week later, I ate a Chinese Chicken Salad, and a few sesame seeds got into the incision and the whole thing got infected. So, try not to eat things like small nuts or seeds intil your incision heals...

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                          1. re: bluesman13

                            Similar experience - My mom made me Malt o Meal right after mine, and it was the most delishious MoM I had ever had. I don't know why, but it was so good and has never been that good since.

                            I got tired of starches and carbs pretty fast after my surgery and needed some protein I didn't have to chew. I recommend canned Vienna Sausages. They don't taste very good, but you can mush them up with a fork and eat them with no chewing.

                          2. I am sure your doctor will give instructions. I had gum surgery last week and found it was more trial and error past the first day what felt good to eat and not irritating-lots of custard style yogurt without seeded fruits, mashed potatoes, and nothing too spicy. After eating I would do a warm salt water gargle to clean out the mouth or doctor may give you an antibacterial rinse to use. Good luck to you

                            1. Make a big pot of jook with whatever good flavors you like. Take out any chewy, lumpy bits (meat, fish, chunks of vegetables that haven't softened) and just eat the rice gruel. It's very comforting and easy to digest. It's the standard food for any sick Chinese child.

                              1. last time I had oral surgery I ate
                                milkshakes and fries
                                ice cream
                                thai soup with tofu, (picked around some of the large veggies but the broth and tofu were great)
                                scrambled eggs with cheese
                                Odwalla smoothies

                                1. I know Chows will cringe, but all I wanted was a Wendy's Frosty after my wisdom teeth were yanked. The cold helped the pain.

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                                  1. re: DemChick

                                    That was the adivce of the dentist that I went to and it really helped. The cold Frosty helps with the swelling and then make some homemade Potato Soup that is high is salt content.

                                    1. re: 1 wiener hound

                                      No cringe here- frostys are delicious- plus you can turn it upside down and nothing comes out!

                                      1. re: jme1beachbum

                                        as far as I'm concerned Frosties are the holy grail of post-extraction nourishment, haha.

                                  2. I drank a lot of pineapple juice; it helps your mouth heal.

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                                    1. re: Roux

                                      I'm glad someone mentioned this, as it has been a proven relief for any and all oral surgeries. It contains bromelain which has a natural numbing affect, and anyone who has eaten a lot of pineapple has felt it; the effects is similar to a topical oral gel used to deaden gum pain. Drink the juice prior to going in, and drink it regularly afterwards. I had all four wisdom teeth pulled when I was 19 and my mom pushed pineapple juice on me endlessly, but I tell you....I had no problems and no real pain, not to mention little or no swelling.

                                      1. re: Roux

                                        Oh God NO!!!!! It's been 3 days since my extractions, I drank some pineapple juice and my wound burned for 10 mins! It was aganizing!!

                                        1. re: agentasuka

                                          I feel your pain. It reminds me of the morning after my tonsillectomy. They served me cranberry juice with my breakfast *shudder*

                                      2. After I got my wisdom teeth out, I ate a whole cheesecake. It was simultaneously the best and worst 3 days of my life.

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                                        1. first ask the doc to give you something for the nausea. I had all 4 out recently. I am allergic to phenergan ( a common anti-nausea med) But he put something in my I.V. (I got completely knocked out) And I didn't have a hint of nausea. Actually enjoyed the codeine high for a few days. That being said, I lived on mashed potatoes. And (yes foodies will cringe) came to love pintos and cheese from Taco Bell. Good luck. And remember, If you get sick just call the doc and he will get you a script for anti-nausea meds. With only one taken out, recovery should be a cinch!

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                                          1. re: bethd127

                                            After getting by on ramen noodles and jello for three days I remember thinking that pintos and cheese were the best thing I'd ever eaten.

                                            I still can't face jello. To me, jello is the food of illness, dental work and death.

                                            1. re: bethd127

                                              very good advice because the common pain meds often produce nausea.
                                              my current doc ALWAYS tells me to take the antinausea med before taking the pain med.

                                              personally, when nursing people through this, i've found that they've liked JULIA'S ORGANIC ICE CREAM to a one.
                                              in any case, do NOT get ice cream that contains chips or nuts or berries or candy nuggets, etc.

                                            2. I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed. I talked the doc into doing it under a local, and the procedure really wasn't that bad. The recovery however...I lived on Campbell's Soup at Hand(preferred the Creamy Chicken) for a few days. Jello pudding and mashed potatoes after that. I really didn't want anything I couldn't drink at the beginning.

                                              My wife had her 4 non-impacted wisdom teeth removed(also just under a local), and her recovery was a lot quicker. She was back to eating fairly normally in a few days.

                                              I iced my jaws as soon as I could after the procedure and didn't get a lot of swelling. Still quite a bit of pain starting the next day though. Hurray for vicodin.

                                              1. I was looking forward to milkshakes after getting mine out, but had to eat w/a spoon -- the the suction (for using the straw) created too much pressure along the sore jaw/gums.

                                                1. Mashed potatoes, rice pudding, and chocolate. (melts on tongue)

                                                  Avoid coconut at all costs. I had an Almond Joy after mine came out and got a little piece stuck in the wound. Not fun.

                                                  1. we (my husband and I had ours out on the same day) prepared pre-portioned pudding and jello, which was a godsend. the anaesthetic and pain killers really knocked us out, and there was little we could do beyond wander downstairs and grab a bowl. You could do the same for broth, pureed soups, and applesauce.

                                                    As is clear from teh other posts, how soon you can get anything semi-solid down seems to depend on your recovery. It was days before I could manage mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, or even egg salad. I also got dry socket, which made me vomit a lot. Having some broth ready for that possibility could be helpful. Make sure that you do the salt-water rinsing, and that they give you that plastic hole-flushing device; it's a big help.

                                                    1. For the first 24-48 hours, anything soft and cold (helps the swelling). Frozen Yogurt or Gelato are good options.

                                                      After that, it's really your pain tolerance and how you prefer to chew your food.

                                                      1. Oh, I feel your pain! Had all four of mine (2 impacted) out a few years ago, and similar to some of the posters here, it was not fun--the vicodin made me sick, got dry-socket, some funky business with my sinus cavity (really gross), and then of course, was unable to chew without pain for quite awhile after. That's what I get for waiting until my late 30s to do it!

                                                        Anyway, I second the recs on mashed potatoes/gravy, mac n cheese, and soft scrambled eggs. I also made kind of an improvised ochazuke (not sure if I spelled it right)--soup made with green tea, rice, and bits of salmon, seasoned with furakake. Probably not real authentic by anyone's standards, but it was good enough for me at the time and relatively quick to assemble since I had some left-over salmon in the house! Very nourishing without being too "carb-y" or heavy. Oh, and tapioca pudding was a welcome treat. Straws are a no-no.

                                                        They will give you post-op directions and recommendations. If your surgeon was like mine, they might give you a syringe type thing that you should use to flush out any food bits that may get trapped. I used a tea-tree rinse rather than water/mouthwash, and that seemed to help the healing of the sutures.

                                                        Good luck and speedy recovery!

                                                        1. I'm sure this is too late...but my 23 year old son had all 4 out in 2005...second day he LOVED Deviled Ham (very fatty and high in protein) on white bread along with Carnation Instant Breakfasts with whole fat milk...(he's quite the ectomorph, tall and bony in structure)...First Day it was mushed up beef soup in the blender and I added mashed potatoes...I think the key in this wisdom tooth extraction stuff is staying ahead of the pain...if you fall asleep and don't take your pain pills, you are a goner, pain-wise...words from the oral surgeon's mouth: he said one girl just went home and went to sleep, woke up in agony because nobody was there with her to make sure she took the percosets...by now, you are past this stage and I do hope all went well! Bless!

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                                                          1. re: Val

                                                            Kudos on the Deviled Ham! Very much a treat AND nutritious food, though fatty.

                                                          2. Another vote for ice cream - or better yet gelato or sherbert. I agree that milkshakes are too much work. And I didn't care for anything hot - soup may work for you, but I wasn't into it. Pudding was good too - but yogurt felt wrong. I didn't feel I was actually taking in enough calories to care that everything I ingested was "bad."

                                                            My w-teeth were pretty easy - I ultimately found the trippy painkillers more disruptive than the wound itself, which was quite untroublesome within 48 hours.

                                                            One more cautionary tale - after some minor surgery (not w-teeth, but similar), I had a couple of glasses of wine about 48 hours later and was violently, violently ill. I don't know if you're going right under, but anaesthetic is funky stuff and do be mindful that it can react with various substances in all kinds of ways. Go easy for a while...

                                                            1. Everyone has great advice on what to do - here's what NOT to do.

                                                              So, I had my wisdom teeth out over the holidays and it was bad. I got dry sockets on the bottoms and spent two weeks alternating between vicodin and percoset, while driving to the oral surgeon's once a day for clove oil dressings stuffed into the sockets... I now get this terrible urge to run screaming every time I smell clove, but, I can't complain because it was all my fault. Why you ask? Because I'm stubborn and refused to eat my mashed potatoes and managed to dislodge the blood clots. That's why.

                                                              SO, eat your mashed potatoes and ice cream and cheese cake and love it. Eggs are good, too. I would however, highly recommend avoiding rice and tapioca because the syringe they give you is not really supposed to be used until you've healed up a bit since it can dislodge the blood clot mentioned above.

                                                              1. YOu guys are all so awesome... to answer someone asking my age, I'm 27.

                                                                The doctor gave me twilight sedation (a triple cocktail of valium, fentanyl, and morphine, I believe) via an IV. I woke up groggy and in a lot of pain. I immediately took 2 vidocin.

                                                                Then we raced over to Marie Callender's, where I know they would have no frills food for the senior sector. Had the Baked potato soup, large water, coffee, and I had to have the corn bread- I let it sorta dissolve on the right side of my mouth since it hurts to chew or move my jaw at all.

                                                                Thanks everyone! I think I"m going to take another vicodin, the make is still intense.

                                                                1. Just a few of my foods from last year...

                                                                  Tapioca Pudding from TJ's
                                                                  Miso Broth w/ chopped garlic, collards, kale, mustard greens, wild mushrooms, asparagus, and tofu or egg whites cooked into it
                                                                  McCann's oats (from TJ's freezer section)
                                                                  Pancakes made from egg whites mixed with oats
                                                                  Egg salad
                                                                  Cottage cheese w/ barley, splenda, cinnmon, vanilla
                                                                  Baked apple (baked very soft)
                                                                  Non-fat plain yogurt sweetened w/ splenda and cinnamon applesauce
                                                                  Peanut Butter

                                                                  As a side note, I had twilight, but I didn't get an IV... In fact, I had a "bad trip" from the Nitrous Oxide and literally thought I died, sat up in the middle of the procedure, and after that, I recall a nurse holding my head still as the doc yanked on the last pesky tooth that "just wouldn't come out." However, on a positive note, I was not swollen at all, and my holes closed up very quickly! Then again, I only owned three wisdom teeth, and all of them were already grown into my mouth and of course not impacted...

                                                                  1. Folks, we understand the desire to offer helpful medical tips, or swap personal oral surgery experiences, but those are beyond the scope of our breezy food site. Please keep your tips focused on foods that eased your recovery. Thank you.

                                                                    1. As I'm looking on the search engines for things to eat after my wisdom tooth extraction, which I had taken out about 4 days ago. All I found where items that were not a great thing to eat a lot of on my diet. Occasionaly I'd have a milkshake or a protein smoothie. What I found was a great way to get the calories and nutrients that I needed besides scrambled eggs and clear broths which are kind of bland to me is Baby food. I know sounds nasty, but if you have bought some in the last few years like I have for my niece, you would know that the baby food is not what it used to be. It is a lot better and most are tolerable. Bland but tolerable. I mix it with mashed potatoes that I have added a little salt to and other spices. I've been eating the macaroni and cheese dinners, the meats, chicken and gravy and beef and gravy have been my favorite. I didn't like the ones with brocolli or peas though, but hey at least you'd get the vitamins, minerals and calories you would need. All soft which is good. Also if your a snacker like i am, try the veggie puffs from gerber. They melt in your mouth hehehe. The sweet potato ones have a slighly similar tast to the cereal Kix. The graduate food that are pre done for you is supposed to dissolve in your mouth too, haven't tried those eat though. Thought I'd tell everyone about this, since a lot of forums i've read didn't have any one thing about this :D Hope everyone gets well soon and hope the pain goes away quick for you.

                                                                      1. Matzoh Ball Soup! That's what my GF made for me when I had my only such extraction at age 39. Yum.

                                                                        1. Ouch - I remember well...lot's of KFC mashed potatoes....ghetto but yummy!

                                                                          1. Guacamole hit the spot. Potato soup, fruit smoothies, hummus, mashed potatoes (regular and sweet). A hand mixer came in handy.

                                                                            1. Ethiopian food was perfect as my first solid food after getting a tooth pulled last week.

                                                                              1. Just got back from the oral surgeon's 4 hours ago. Removed 2 impacted (bony) upper wisdom teeth. So totally agree about the ice-cream - I have 2 pints of vanilla, 1 pint of choc and 1 pint of strawberry stashed away in the freezer!

                                                                                1. i just had mine removed today, worst experience of my life so far! and i had braces, but this is far worse. i have been so afraid today of doing something wrong, and my dentist didn't give me much info on what to/not to eat besides not to eat any hard foods or hot soups/drinks. so i did a google search to find out what others ate post wisdom tooth extraction, and this helped. yes, i am replying to this more than a month after but it did offer me help as well. i am ashamed to say i called my mom and asked her to bring me over some KFC mashed potatoes, and a little baby spoon to eat them with so i didnt have to open my mouth too wide. the hard part was, i had 3 teeth extracted altogether today, 2 on the right and 1 on the top left. so i tried "mushing" the mashed potatoes with my front teeth and swallowing it down, taking special care (i hope!) not to get any in the wounds. so i am going to try to follow instructions carefully, hopefully some of the swelling and pain will go down (just took half a vicodin!) and i hope i get a little rest tonight. good luck to anyone having theirs removed soon, trust me, its no joke!

                                                                                  1. Hi Everybody,

                                                                                    Just got mine out yesterday morning, and the night before I made myself eight little ramekins of Jello vanilla pudding. Ended up eating most of those yesterday. . . For dinner, my mom made me mashed potatoes with plain yogurt and milk instead of milk and butter -- those went down really easy and it was good to have the yogurt for extra protein.

                                                                                    Today, I'm going to try to make some creamed spinach, then whizz the heck out of it in the blender . . . we'll see how that goes!

                                                                                    1. my extraction was at about noon today. I made a mistake of not going to get percocet before going home. The pain made me rush to fill the prescription and I picked up Mango sorbet and Strawberry sorbet by Haagen Dazs. The sorbet is as filling as yogurt but more tasty in my opinion. Im going to make my own mashed potatoes tonight and maybe scrambled eggs. The percos are working already but I do feel dizzy. I think im going to go lay down. thanks all for your help.

                                                                                      1. Blended vegetable soups. Smoothies for breakfast. Really tender braised meets or flaky fishes should be fine too. Nothin you have to chew too much.

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                                                                                        1. re: Megiac

                                                                                          Thank goodness for the blender. When I had 4 wisdom teeth extracted many years ago, the blender was my friend. I resembled Alvin of the Chipmunks and chewing was not an option for many days. Smoothies and other sweet things got boring very fast. With my au pair this past spring, he trended more towards the savory. I'd also suggest miso soup, tofu (especially the softer kind), gazpacho and other cold soups.

                                                                                        2. Just had those suckers taken out, what an annoying few days!

                                                                                          I started out with a nice shake/smoothie. The cold helped sooth the mouth. I too got sick of sweet things real fast. Soup is a good option, just don't try any with rice or small pasta bits like I did, it'll get stuck in the hole. Vons actually has some tasty refrigerated soups. Scrambled eggs and oatmeal also worked.

                                                                                          After a day or so I moved on to more solid food. Chili with a baked potato was good. Ravioli worked well too.

                                                                                          1. A day or two after I had mine out, I had some cheese enchiladas from a local restaurant. Wonderfully savory, easy to swallow with minimal, if any, chewing since I cut it into itty bitty pieces. The best darn enchiladas I've ever had, and not because it was from a great place.

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                                                                                            1. re: wendy8869

                                                                                              I'm 28 years old, and I just had 4 impacted wisdom teeth out a couple days ago. Ouch. Here's what (so far) is working for me:
                                                                                              Most of my meals are coming from pre-packaged Indian food (ie. Tastybite). The spinach and cheese is fantastic, as are lentil and potato curries. I've been eating them luke warm, not hot. I'm currently making some lemon coconut dhal, because I've exhausted most of the flavors of premade stuff. I'm eating a lot of yogurt - so far just plain. Homemade chocolate pudding (thanks to my very best friend) is delicious, as is store-bought applesauce (I tend to get lazy removing all the skin from my applesauce, so jarred stuff is working better). Brie cheese and coconut juice (pulp-free) are also wonderful. Over easy eggs are helping satisfy my cravings for meat, but they're still a bit difficult to eat. Sparkling mineral water also worked wonders for nausea from the drugs.

                                                                                              What didn't work:
                                                                                              Fruit is a problem. I guess soft fruits without skins or seeds might work, but I've tried blueberries and strawberries with no luck, even pureed in the food processor. Even fresh lychees (can you get much softer?) didn't seem to work well. Tuna salad tasted wonderful, but I couldn't do more than a bite of it. Bits seemed to get stuck in my stitches. Trying to puree my normal food into baby-food consistency didn't work nearly as well as I had hoped. Still too many bits to get stuck. I don't really eat processed foods, and I don't want to live off ice cream for a week, so it's tough to find things that work.

                                                                                              I'm going to try some fish and maybe oatmeal tomorrow. I really miss grains and meat.

                                                                                              And a word of advice - don't wait!! It's much easier to do it sooner rather than later.

                                                                                            2. I just had all four wisdom teeth extracted today. They were all out of the gums, so I was just given topical anesthetic and lidocaine (no gas or IV or anything!). It was pretty painful because I have a high tolerance to things like that, so the dentist wound up giving me 9 viles of the lidocaine instead of 4 like he planned, and it still hurt! Anyway, I found it's really important to get as much nutrition as possible, and though many of the suggestions here would be easy to eat, they aren't really good for you. I've been drinking chocolate slim fasts (high protein for building muscles) because they have all the vitamins, minerals, carbs, protein, fiber, etc. that you need. It's really important to keep good nutrition after surgery, and poor nutrition is the number one cause of dry socket along with smoking (especially in women who see wisdom tooth extraction as a quick way to lose weight since eating hurts anyway). Bad idea! Campbell's tomato soup luke warm was really good, as I was really craving salt (probably cause I lost a lot of blood). It was easier to drink it out of a mug like a drink rather than trying to use the spoon (the slurping action hurt my jaw). I also had a carnation instant breakfast drink, which had all the nutrients as well. I wasn't as fond of the taste, but that is just a matter of preference. Hope this helps other people, I found all the information useful!

                                                                                              1. Just out of curiosity, did your dentist use absorbable sutures (the kinds that dissolve on their own after a couple of days). Because about 3 days after getting my wisdom teeth removed, the sutures started to dissolve and everything started tasting like starch.

                                                                                                1. I had mine taken out in April, so just a few months ago. All 4 were impacted.

                                                                                                  First of all, stay ahead of the pain for the first few days. Use small spoons to eat because you're not going to be able to open your mouth very well at first.

                                                                                                  I ate soup, yogurt, milkshakes, mashed potatoes, very well cooked shredded chicken with the mashed potatoes, and lots of water. Oh, and chinese porridge.

                                                                                                  Also, don't try to eat things too hot, it can hurt.

                                                                                                  1. Lots of Vicodin,

                                                                                                    Also the older you are when you get them pulled the more painfull it is(I was 34 when I got two on mine pulled, 1 impacted)... I didnt get put under for the removal, just general anesthetic. I didnt eat anything but the Vicodin for a few days, and slept, after that it was mashed potatoes, and other soft foods.. Also I didnt enjoy eating at all for a week or so until my mouth healed, and the stiches came out/disolved.

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                                                                                                    1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                      I had two upper and one lower wisdom tooth removed on Monday, 6/25. Been eating mostly cream of brocolli variations ever since and taking Vicodin. Been getting some slight headaches which the doctor said was a side effect of antibiotics and pain medication. How ironic that pain medications would give me headaches. But I want to know when I can start eating regular foods like steaks, I have some buffalo wings waiting for me in the fridge. I just don't want to create an emergency situation with the spicyness. How long do I need to wait before eating steaks and spicy foods, like the normal diet I used to have? It's been 2 days now and most of the pain is gone and the bleeding has stopped. A nice cold Bud Light would be nice too!

                                                                                                      1. re: kulani

                                                                                                        I think it is all up to the individual, I ate very little until the stiches had disolved, and some of the other stiches had been pulled after about a week. I guess do what feels good for your mouth.

                                                                                                        I wouldnt think having a beer would be a big issue, probably just dont drive if mixing with the vicodin, sine it will increase the effects.

                                                                                                    2. Hi All!

                                                                                                      I'm due to have all four of my wisdom teeth extracted next week and have been doing some advance homework on things I might attempt to eat in the days following.

                                                                                                      Happened upon this *extremely* helpful thread in a Google search, and have faithfully written down various suggestions. -- Particularly liking the cheesecake idea. :-)

                                                                                                      Question: Someone mentioned they'd gone with lukewarm tomato soup, which made me think about grilled cheese sandwiches. But I've got to think that the mouth/jaw movement to try to consume grilled cheese (not to mention that I might be too sleepy to prepare it!) might be a bit too much. Anyone have any guesses on that?

                                                                                                      Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                      1. Well, I had 3 pulled less than a week ago (2 impacted, one not) and here's what I've been eating SO far:
                                                                                                        Pudding, Applesauce, Yogurt, "Cream of" soups and mashed potatoes. I have 2 pints of icecream in the freezer, but I haven't really wanted them yet.

                                                                                                        I'm hoping to get back on more solid foods as I've gotten really sick of the soft stuff. (I can't wait to have a nice, big SALAD!) I think I'm going to try frenchfries and chicken nuggets for dinner (providing I can get a ride to the fast food place)

                                                                                                        In GENERAL: Don't eat the "hard"-er stuff before you feel comfortable, try a test bite, and if it's not working stick to something softer. Avoid seeds and small particle foods as much as possible because it could get stuck in the extraction site. Remember that the first day or so your mouth may feel "numb" so you need to be careful over temperature. NO STRAWS! and get creative. I've found so far that with a little ingenuity, you can make things work.

                                                                                                        Best of luck!

                                                                                                        1. hi:-) I just had 4 horizantally impacted wisdom teeth removed 3 hours ago under IV anaesthesia. First had ice blended coffee from Coffebean and chocolate Slimfast with 1/2 vicodin, keflex then napped. Just had the rest of my ice blended coffee and now watching movie "Aura Borealis-means northern lighs" with my bf. Thinking whats for dinner. Thanks everyone for your tips. Your tips helped me. Oh, I even had my ipod on meditation while on surgery! Icing numb jaw now...

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                                                                                                          1. re: yogablush

                                                                                                            Find a few Asian recipe that are based on tofu. You can just suck the stuff down even if you can't chew it.

                                                                                                            1. re: ekammin

                                                                                                              Thanks! I just had some tofu on miso soup. Made fruit smoothie with almond milk, whey and yogurt. I'm dreaming angelhair pasta with marinara for dinner. The nurse said eat whatever is comfortable so I'll try it later. I look like a chipmunk today! I also got Double Rainbow Ultra Cholate Ice Cream-oh my it's awesome!

                                                                                                              1. re: yogablush

                                                                                                                A suggestion from a CH who is also a dentist- don't know if I saw this mentioned above- no alcohol, even if you are taking non-narcotic analgesics or didn't have sedation. Can promote the likelihood of a "dry socket", among other things.

                                                                                                          2. I just had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled three days ago. The only spot where I feel pain is on the bottom right (tooth #32) which was my only horizontally impacted one. All of my teeth were erupted or poking through the gums.

                                                                                                            The day of my surgery, besides being naseous for like 10 mins from swallowing so much blood, I felt minimal pain and was able to eat a yogurt and drink a protein shake. I pretty much slept all day besides that.

                                                                                                            The following day I had an oatmeal milkshake: ice, one package of oatmeal (cinnamon bun, my fav) and some milk, blended in the wonderful device called a blender - delish! I had some macaroni and beef for lunch, pretty much swalling most bites whole, as I've been doing with most my meals. I've also been making sure to take my daily vitamins.

                                                                                                            The only food that has taken all the pain away and felt really good was ice cream. I made sure not to have anything mixed in it (went to Marble Slab) just in case something were to get into one of my GIANT holes. :D

                                                                                                            I'm thinking Wendys tonight for a frosty. Yum! Vicodin also helps with the pain, but I suggest only taking them before bed, unless your day is not planned for any serious activity. I'm also on antibiotics. So far no sign of dry socket, thank God. :D

                                                                                                            All in all, I can say that this whole wisdom teeth thing sucks and I can't wait till I can eat normal again! :) You don't realize how much you take masticating for granted!

                                                                                                            1. I had all 4 extracted at one sitting, and I lived off milkshakes and malts the first day, and years later, so did my oldest kids. The straw fits perfectly between the packing on either side of the mouth so it's no necessary to remove the packing, the cold is perfect, there are enough carbs to get one anxious to get up and move around, and they taste good.

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                                                                                                              1. re: ganeden

                                                                                                                You aren't supposed to drink from a straw after you get your wisdom teeth out. It's better just to sip from a cup

                                                                                                              2. Hi...I had my lower left wisdom tooth and my second molar extracted five days ago. It has been healing well and I can now almost go back to my normal diet. This site helped me a lot this past few days but the only problem is I have noticed that there are no asian food suggestions. As an Asian myself, I have dearly missed rice....you could even say I went through rice withdrawal. So....I decided to try some putu mayam (idiyappum) on the fourth day of the surgery and it helped me deal with the situation. I would also like to suggest idhlis and dosas. A word of advice though, make sure you are ready before you try this(preferably not on the first day) ....and try not to get anything stuck in the big gaping hole in your gums. It also better to start earlier than later because the longer you take the more painful it is the first time. Well....Good Luck...I hope this helped

                                                                                                                1. IHOP's corned beef hash omlette. It's soft, and it comes with three pancakes.

                                                                                                                  1. This past summer I scared the daylights out of my co-workers when mid-lunch Iscreamed and started crying hysterically. Within an hour I was at the dentist where I found out I had a severly INFECTED bony impaction wisdom tooth - the next day the oral surgeon yanked it. I hurt so bad for days, but three weeks later I went and had two regular wisdom teeth removed and I was fine that same night. So, hopefully you will be okay before you know it!

                                                                                                                    I actually delighted in going to Boston Market and ordering large containers of mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, sweet potatoes, and mac and cheese. I remember the server looking at me oddly and asking, "No chicken?" Other than that, ramen noodle soup, my boyfriend made me his potato leek soup, I made a lot of fruit smoothies (no straw though!), italian ices, pudding and yogurt, and, well, I happen to like chopped liver so I got some for fulfilling the protein craving.

                                                                                                                    I did not have a problem with the Percoset, but if you do, get some Tylenol PM,'cuz really sleeping is the best way to deal with pain.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Justpaula

                                                                                                                      Oh, owch! You poor thing. None of my wisdom teeth have come in yet (and they can all stay in there!), but I had a regular molar pulled that was really close to my jaw joint. After the initial mashed potatoes and smoothie phase, I nearly lived on NutriGrain bars and Campbell's chicken noodle. And I was overjoyed the night I got to have some beef and noodle soup from a local restaurant.

                                                                                                                    2. i just got all 4 of my W-teeth removed YEstarday, and yes they were all impactd and under the gum. i was put under (thank god) and given tyenol #3s, percocet, and penacillin to ward off any infections. I slept for the first 8 hrs after my surgery, and then i started off my clear broth, and moved onto oatmeal, and congee and tofu (blended with a hand blended so it was SMOOTHHH). i can't eat anything that i have to use my teeth with, so everythign basically has to be the consistancy of apple sauce. today i've had mashed SWEET potatoes with cheese (sweet potatoes are way more nutrious vs reg, and the cheese adds protein), soy milk and probiotic yogurt (protein and calcium), mango juice, and more congee with tofu (blended super smooth). you want ot make sure there there are no particle that can get stuck in your sockets to avoid infection. infection usually starts when ppl eat and use their wounded gums to chew b4 they are ready. it's only day 2, and my face looks like i'm pocketing apricots in both of my cheeks. make sure no straws! avoid super hot or super cold things. lastly, it's impt to have enough nutritional intake so that your wounds can heal. mainly protein, vit C and all your other vitamins and minerals.

                                                                                                                      1. I had all four of my wisdom teeth (and one additional tooth) pulled about 36 hours ago. Two of the wisdom teeth were impacted and the doctor ended up using a drill to remove one in pieces. The worst pain was about 12 hours post surgery, but it is really not as terrible as I expected. My mouth is still numb below my bottom lip, but I've been able to eat rice, yougurt, mashed potatoes, spagettios and even some freshly homemade tomato sause with piece of Wonder White bread. Not exactly lavish, but I'm fairly satisfied. The rice definitely filled me and the saltiness from the soy sauce could only help!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: missy 35

                                                                                                                          I had all 4 taken out 2 days ago. Can't say I have been eating the most nutritionally balanced diet, but what has been tasting might fine to me is:

                                                                                                                          V8 juice
                                                                                                                          ice cream
                                                                                                                          kraft dinner

                                                                                                                          I think for all the ladies out there drinking cranberry juice is a good idea when on the antibiotics

                                                                                                                          I am also drinking luke warm green tea - thought maybe the tannins might help with the clotting, but I have not found anything specific online to back this up

                                                                                                                          1. re: Finnguala

                                                                                                                            had 4 wisdoms (one had a cavity and wasnt even out of the gum yet) and 1 molar pulled.my post-op instructions say 2 put tea bags on the wounds if they bleed 2 much. im eatin yogurt, jello, and chicken noodle soup since i dont have 2 chew. the hard part for me is no caffeine

                                                                                                                        2. Yesterday i went though the pleasure of nto only having all 4 impacted and infected wisdom teeth out but another tooth aswell! So having 5 teeth extraced at one time was not the funnest time of my life!!
                                                                                                                          So far i have managed to slurp down some soup.. a mushed up banana and a yogurt. Tomorrow im gonna try the mashed potaoes and gravy i need some substanace as i feel like im fading away!
                                                                                                                          A good hint my dentist gave to me for preventing dry sockets is the first and second day to bute down on a tea bag... there is something in the tea bag that give a clotting affect therefor helping to not get a dry socket!!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: brae

                                                                                                                            I had my wisdom teeth taken out about 8 years ago and had issues with severe bleeding. My oral surgeon also suggested lightly biting down on black tea bags, as black tea apparently has properties that aid in coagulation. The advice worked; however, to this day, I cringe at even the scent of Earl Grey!

                                                                                                                          2. I think the best advice is to just eat what you like and CAN. Depends if both sides of your mouth will be affected. There seems to be plenty of advice and sad stories already posted - I wonder why oral surgeons call themselves surgeons?????

                                                                                                                            1. This thread and most wisdom teeth conversations always end up making me feel jealous. I had all 4 removed at once, and could only eat oatmeal for 2 weeks. The pain wasn't an issue at all, but my cheeks were so swollen i couldn't chew without biting myself.

                                                                                                                              My scheduling probably didn't help me at all though since I had it done the day before I had to fly back to school. So there I was miserable in my dorm room, with massive chipmunk cheeks subsisting on oatmeal.

                                                                                                                              1. I had my all 4 wisdom teeth removed 4-days ago. Stock up on Baby Fruit Food, it tastes fabulous and goes down easily. Mashed potatoes mix in some chicken broth to make it a bit more smooth. Cottage Cheese is a good choice too as well as Baby Yogurt (comes in different flavors without any chunks or seeds!)

                                                                                                                                Baby Fruit Puffs are a good snack too they melt right on your pallet and helps with snacking urges.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Saffer

                                                                                                                                  Thanks for all the suggestions! I've got a bad tooth and have to see the oral surgeon as soon as possible next week (why do bad things always happen just before a weekend?!) so I came and looked up this thread for ideas... yesterday I ate a yoghurt, a small bowl of beef chilli with beans that I'd made a few days ago (it worked well because it was just ground beef and beans with seasoning and it was soft enough that it didn't need any chewing), Kozy Shack tapioca and apple sauce, and a couple of bananas (they were a little hard to eat without actually 'chewing' but I managed!)
                                                                                                                                  This morning my bad tooth is sore but I'm HUNGRY, so I made myself three extra-soft scrambled eggs with some ham slivered up as finely as I could cut it and grated cheese - that was GOOD! Now it's off to the grocery store to fill my prescriptions and get some soft foods I can actually eat (but which will hopefully be at least semi-nutritious instead of just sugar!). I'm going to buy:
                                                                                                                                  - fruit juice
                                                                                                                                  - weetabix (turn into MUSH when you put milk on them and taste great)
                                                                                                                                  - creamy vegetable soup
                                                                                                                                  - apple sauce
                                                                                                                                  - fruit smoothies with added fiber
                                                                                                                                  - chocolate pudding
                                                                                                                                  - some super-soft bread that I can gum to death with lots of hummus
                                                                                                                                  - and yoghurt

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kajikit

                                                                                                                                    I am 46 and just had all four wisdom teeth out yesterday. I've gotten through the first 24 hours on Wendy's Frosty's and Percocets, and I'm REALLY ready to move on. I don't get terribly excited about mashed potatoes, but thanks to this forum, I'm inspired to let go of my whining and head to Boston Market tomorrow. I never eat fast food, so I'll look forward to it as fullfilling a devilish urge. I almost ate rice tonight, but had the instinct to hold back. This forum's repeated suggestions to skip it are a godsend. That would likely be my next move! Thanks for all your suggestions. I promise to let you in on anything really special. But it sounds like I just need to suck up to the mundane and bear with it.

                                                                                                                                    On my age, I'm a little surprised that I am not in much pain at all, but I'm following directions to a tee. This is not something I want to mess with. The words Dry Socket are the worst sounding of all.

                                                                                                                                    Avocados sound good. As do bananas.

                                                                                                                                    But I'm really yearning for peanut butter because I'm really hungry. Has anyone had issues with it?

                                                                                                                                    I'm eager to try the tea bag suggestion as I will in the morning. Afraid the caffiene will keep me up tonight and ruin my percocet buzz.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bus

                                                                                                                                      Bus, if you want peanut butter, perhaps creamy style only. Not chunky - those little pieces of peanut might get stuck and the dreaded words could rear their ugly head again. :-) So maybe just creamy peanut butter by the spoonful and just lick it off the spoon.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bus

                                                                                                                                        Try some creamy peanut butter on soft white bread. Or you could mix it with honey or something else to thin it out a little.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bus

                                                                                                                                          I promised to share anything I came across to make this more pleasurable (if possible!)

                                                                                                                                          The secret for me has been soup! Once this thought crossed my mind, I started enjoying a wide variety of tasty soups. Its now been four days post surgery, but I still have a bit of pain, exacerbated by chewing. So soup has been wonderful. I've had tomato, lentil, pho, and japanese udon. In some cases I'm willing to chomp on some noodles. The udon noodles were best here since they are so tender. I avoided my favorite Tom Yum because of the spicy warnings.

                                                                                                                                          I have been a dutiful patient following the instructions literally which I advise. I'm very much looking forward to getting back to my nightly glass of wine, but heard that you should avoid alchohol for a week.

                                                                                                                                          I'm a fanatic about washing my mouth out with salt water after each meal which isn't a good chaser for everything. But it's fine.

                                                                                                                                          I followed the peanut butter suggestions. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                          Anyway, I do appreciate finding this wonderful website devoted to my favorite topic: food!

                                                                                                                                          I look forward to joining in on more enjoyable topics than wisdom teeth!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bus

                                                                                                                                            I'm having three teeth out next week... and the surgeon's advice was nothing spicy, no chewing for a few days, no straws and no sucking. I'm planning to live on soup (again) and hoping that I heal fast.
                                                                                                                                            BTW the 'soft' bread I tried last week didn't work out - I couldn't bite it! It only worked out dunked in soup... homemade soups are great though, much better than canned! Weetabix and applesauce made a great mouth-friendly breakfast too.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kajikit

                                                                                                                                              I had two wisdom teeth, and an impacted front side tooth extracted all at the same time a year ago.

                                                                                                                                              A good meal:
                                                                                                                                              finely chopped chicken mixed in with mashed potatoes. I even used chopped up extra crispy kfc. no need to chew, and you feel like you are getting some substance. I highly recommend giving this a try. I also threw some garam masala into some mashed taters with a ton of butter. YUMMMM.

                                                                                                                                              You take a fork full of the potatoes, put it on your tongue, and kind of push it to the back of your mouth, and swallow. I don't think the tiny grainy things like oatmeal, or malt-o meal are the greatest ideas because thos tiny grains can get in those sockets and cause a bit of havoc if you don't rinse them out well. Thankfully, I had very little pain, and no problems. I lived on pudding, mashed potato concoctions, and applesauce for a few days, then moved onto eggs/tofu for a few days, and then I was back to normal pretty much after a week. Ooh - another funky thing: If your family gets a pizza - you can scrape the dough+sauce under the cheese and eat it. after the second or third day, when you are desperate, this is a LUSCIOUS meal. LOL!

                                                                                                                                    2. I highly recommend V8 Vfusion juices! They are a nice break from the "tomato taste" of regular V8, come in many great flavors and provide a full serving of BOTH fruit & veg in each 8 ounce serving! This stuff is liquid GOLD! Word of advice: DO NOT BUY THE "LIGHT" version! It is the same price as the regular but provides HALF of the health benefits! I think they just cut the regular with water by half, which you could do at home and get twice as much for the money. Also Slim Fast shakes are great. My husband likes Spirutien (soy &whey) shakes. You can by the stuff at GNC or other health food stores. I like the babyfood idea too. Baby rice and baby oatmeal cereals mixed with babyfood fruit is pretty good. Baby rice cereal can thicken up most things without changing the taste much and has a good consistancy. Good Luck!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mrs.Sparkles

                                                                                                                                        I was very dubious about babyfood but sick to death of applesauce so I tried some peach babyfood and it was darned good! A nice intense fruity flavour, no preservatives or flavourings or added chemicals, and no disgusting corn syrup! All with a baby-smooth texture that blended beautifully into a serve of pudding to make it fruit-flavoured. I could see myself buying it even when I WASN'T tooth-impaired because it comes in all different flavours and tastes pretty good.

                                                                                                                                      2. I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth taken out 5 days ago. So far so good. The 1st day is all about yogurt-with no big fruit pieces, chicken broth,and applesauce. I actually had ramen noodles (crushed up baby fine) on the 2nd day. Just swollow the noodles whole-and cheese & broccoli soup and spegatti. On the 4th day I chewed gum very carefully-it actually helped me to get used to chewing things again. The left side of my face is numb including my chin still-so I have to chew very slow to not really hurt myself. I had pancakes on the 5th day! YUM! so far no dry sockets! Good Luck to everyone else!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: littlebit232

                                                                                                                                          You ate the first day? I had 3 impacted teeth removed Thursday and spent the next 24 hours vomiting. (FWIW regular coke really does help with nausea)

                                                                                                                                        2. I stocked up on a lot of soft food, but the stuff that really hit the spot was rice pudding (kozy shack), ginger ale, vanilla ice cream, and some cream soups.

                                                                                                                                          Yogurt and apple sauce were to much for me.

                                                                                                                                          1. didn't read this ENTIRE post...but i'm dying from pre surgery wisdom tooth pain. I am actually getting xrayed tomorrow and ive been dying for the past week cause my gums have been swollen (i'm pretty sure i have an infection). But i just made this super easy microwavable pudding from this website: http://www.recipezaar.com/76491 and it was pretty tasty. I stirred in some peanut butter morsels and it tastes like a melted reeses pieces bar.

                                                                                                                                            How about a simple and easy mango smoothie? I have a huge box of mangos that are uber soft so I peel them before they get any softer, chop them up, and throw them in the freezer. I then throw them in the blender with a bit of milk and it makes a nice simple smoothie for breakfast. If i'm hurting this bad, I can't wait to find out how awful i'll be feeling after the surgery ):

                                                                                                                                            1. My mom made this soup and the put it in the blender for my two extractions (they were terrible and I've two more to go... ugh). So satisfying AND filling at a time of pure dietary frustration! I could eat it- pureed or not- all winter long.

                                                                                                                                              Moosewood Persian Stew (the poster left out the currants... add a handful during the last 5 minutes of cooking)


                                                                                                                                              Hope all you sufferers feel better soon!!!

                                                                                                                                              ETA: One more tip... my dentist, who was also my most excellent surgeon for the extractions, had me keep a regular black tea teabag (I used Lipton, though I don't drink that brand) gently stuffed between the stitches in back. I changed the teabag every few waking hours or so, and I used them for the first few days. He said something about the tannins being astringent (apparently they help stop the initial bleeding you might have) and the pressure helping with the pain. I tell everyone about this- I really believe that it worked, and it was oddly soothing, too. My gag reflex is fairly strong, and it was worth it to overcome for the strange source of relief. I had a clean and speedy recovery after both of my long, involved, impacted-tooth extractions.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: sfumato

                                                                                                                                                that soup sounds really tasty. I'm sure i'll be sipping this shortly after the deed. I also didn't know that you couldn't have your teeth pulled...all of them, at the same time. Hope your next surgery goes well....good luck and i hope you have a speedy recovery

                                                                                                                                                1. re: bitsubeats

                                                                                                                                                  I highly recommend it because it's so filling! A nice change from jello and broth. Just remember to NOT try and chew.

                                                                                                                                                  Yup, I had each one done separately (they each took about 2 hours- they were very deep and the nerves were all wrapped around bone and other teeth or something horrible, I didn't really want to know) within a 6 month period a few years ago, but I do know people who've had easy extractions and had them all out at once. I'm jealous!

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the well wishes... I've got to schedule the last two soon. He said I could wait a few years, so I've used up my time. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                  I hope your surgery goes well and that the recovery is a relief from the pain you're in now!!!

                                                                                                                                              2. I just had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth taken out this morning.
                                                                                                                                                all I know is I'm hurting. really bad. I tried to eat smooth yogurt and even that made them bleed really bad.

                                                                                                                                                I'm not sure what I can try to eat- I haven't eaten in 24 hours

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: screwinmyhip

                                                                                                                                                  At very least, try to get in some liquids-broth, Gatorade, etc., milkshake-but don't use a straw-the suction can dislodge the clot and cause a "dry socket". Use ice packs. No smoking, no alcohol- these are the basics I advise to my patients.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: screwinmyhip

                                                                                                                                                    Eat more of the vicodin ;-)

                                                                                                                                                    Try choc pudding. Push it to the back of your throat with your tongue and swallow bypassing all of your teeth. The enzymes from the yogurt might cause some stinging on the exposed unhealed flesh of your gums. This might be why yogurt is used to tenderize meat?

                                                                                                                                                    Seriously, I stayed knocked the F out for the first two days. Your mouth should heal quickly if you can avoid the dry socket issue. Hang in there. I'd guess by this time tomorrow, you'll be eating something a tiny bit more substantial. The Vicodin helps keep your mind off of food tho. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: screwinmyhip

                                                                                                                                                      I know it's late now, but really do try the teabags for the bleeding (see my post a few posts up).

                                                                                                                                                    2. I just had one impacted removed yesterday and I've used the ensures, the ice cream and applesauce, but wasn't getting enough calories and was feeling loopy. The best thing I think is to make smoothies with Kefir. I use the strawberry banana one and throw a banana in there since there aren't little seeds that may not get blended up and thus end up in the incision area. It's yogurt so it's good source of protein and also helps counteract antibiotic side effects by keeping your digestive flora and fauna better balanced. I can't open my mouth very wide so eating the ice cream and applesauce is an exercise. If you have a food processor that opens your possibilities, you can puree fruits and veggies to make cold soups, which will help with pain and swelling in mouth. Probably could do that in a blender pretty well too. Everybody who's posted has had some wonderful suggestions.

                                                                                                                                                      Good luck to those who are looking at this post to get some ideas for future or current extractions

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sfumato

                                                                                                                                                          Had my wisdom tooth out a few days ago. No pre-op instructions - in fact I just walked in with what I thought was a very minor toothache - and no post-op instructions either, except to go gentle on it for the first 24 hours, like no heavy exercise or swishing liquid around hard, but otherwise no restrictions. The whole thing was pain free and it feels like it's mostly healed already. I hear that the lower tooth might be a bit more difficult.

                                                                                                                                                      1. I see this was posted in Feb! Hope everything went well! I had my wisdom tooth (non-impacted) pulled with relative ease, got vicodin but didn't take it because the little to no pain. But I didn't notice til I got home that I had no after-care instructions. The dentists rattled off a list of do's & dont's and said don't worry you'll get instructions--NOT! So I asked my pharmacist and she suggested salt water rinse which i've been gargling with (gently but FREQUENTLY) and rinsing (gently) with water after every meal one of which was pisatchio ice cream. I'm worried about dry socket now after reading these posts. I feel a slight suction near the area and am worried the clot did not form. It's nearing on 48hrs after. How do u know u have dry socket and how long does it take to develop? Thanks for any help! The food suggestions have been great!

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Mofro

                                                                                                                                                          Never had dry socket (knock on wood), so I had to look this up:


                                                                                                                                                          Check out the teabag advice I posted earlier, and good luck!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mofro

                                                                                                                                                            You will know if you get dry socket. From all the descriptions I've heard, it's very intense pain that can radiate up the side of your face. If you experience this, call your dentist ASAP! They'll pack the socket with gauze, usually soaked in clove oil to soothe it and keep it moist. Clove oil is a natural topical anesthetic.

                                                                                                                                                          2. For all of those with surgery coming. There is hope. I had all four pulled, two were impacted. I had very little pain. The whole thing was done in 20 minutes once the novacain took affect. I ate soups afterward, but I love soup probably would have eaten it anyway. I gave it about 12 hours and then I had a cigarette, ( I know, I know ) but it tasted real good. I was eating regular food within 48 hours.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: othervoice

                                                                                                                                                              I got really excited about five or six months ago when I ran across a research report that said researchers in Britain had successfully implanted adult stem cells with the result that the recipient grew new teeth. WOW, I thought, how great is that!

                                                                                                                                                              The next day I thought about my infant son cutting five teeth at one time and running a 106F temperature, unable to eat for days, crying around the clock from pain.

                                                                                                                                                              Then I had this mental picture of some dopey dentist implanting 28 seedlings in a patient's gums, the pain driving the patient nuts so he comes back and beats the dentist to a pulp! (pun intended) '-)

                                                                                                                                                              Can you imagine a diet lasting weeks on end while you cut teeth and subsist on milk toast, tapioca, and Darvon? I don't think so!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                I had my wisdom teeth (all 4) extracted 7 days ago and I am still in pain. I took the vicodin the first 3 or 4 days but then I had to go back to work so I couldnt take them while trying to concentrate at the office/driving. As far as food goes, the first day I had mashed potatoes & jello. After I quit taking the Vicodin, I switched to Excedrin and took WAY too many without realizing it in a 24 hr period and was extremely sick to my stomach so make sure you are reading the labels of over the counter medicine as well. I then switched to a lower dose of ibuprofen which worked better for me as far as the nausea, but of course with it not being as strong I am suffering from the pain. I did get a little bit of a dry socket so I had to go back to the dr to get the clove oil packing put in. Helped the pain immediately but had that disgusting smell/taste of the clove oil & you cannot get away from it. I have eaten oatmeal for breakfast, drank lots of water & green tea, I have continued to eat jello, pudding & flavored yogurt with no problems. Pasta does get stuck in your sockets and can be painful to try to remove with the syringe. I think that is what gave me the dry socket. I am going to eat French Onion Soup tonight and stick to things that are more liquidy. I had good luck eating a muffin because it is soft and will dissolve easily. I ate broccoli cheese soup with ease as well. I ate a DQ blizzard and got the chucks of "stuff" stuck in my sockets so stick to very well blended things like milkshakes. Good luck & hopefully it isnt as painful as mine was. I cant believe its been that bad because they were not even impacted.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wizzies

                                                                                                                                                                  speaking of dissolvable, my friend had oral surgery on monday, so i made him a batch of meringues, and he's loved them as they dissolve so readily in his mouth. im going over to make him dinner tomorrow that will include spinach souffle, gazpacho, and perhaps panna cotta.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                  One more thing....if you do get a dry socket you will definitely know it. It is radiating/throbbing pain up and down your jaw and can make your ear hurt as well. Go straight to the dr and get the clove oil packing. It tastes horrible but at least the pain will subside.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Thanks to everyone for all the replies to this topic-- I am reading and getting new ideas for my pre-vicodin shopping trip tomorrow morning. I have a food suggestion as well, a soup my grandma taught me that she learned from her grandmother. I had all 4 pulled today and all were impacted, so I was knocked out and am taking it easy.

                                                                                                                                                                Grandma's recipe has two ingredients, broth (about a serving size worth- maybe 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups) and egg (one egg per serving of broth). Beat the egg a bit and set aside. To keep the temperature at a comfortable warm-but-not-hot-on-my-painful-gums level, pour half the broth in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, reserving the other half. Once it's boiling, slowly pour the egg in (in strings, almost), beating the soup as you go so that it doesn't get clumpy. Once it's all the way in, turn down or off the heat and add the rest of the broth, then stir. That should cool it down a lot, pour it into your bowl, and when the temp. is to your liking, go ahead and eat it. It's very gentle going down- grandma said my great great grandmother would always tell her to eat some saying it would 'slide down' her throat, and it does. :D

                                                                                                                                                                Okay, I'm letting the vicodin kick in before bed and planning my list of pudding, applesauce, drinkable campbell's, and slimfasts. Thanks folks!

                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm glad I found this thread myself. I had three W-teeth taken out a couple days ago. Got in on the gelato and smoothies and pineapple juice first day, and even tested out the baby food idea (not that bad actually.)

                                                                                                                                                                  One thing I found that worked well on the second day was a combo of hummus and La Tortilla Factory EVOO wraps - even chewing with the front part of the mouth, you could get the wrap mashed up well and transfer it back for swallowing. Managed to get down some oatmeal as well.

                                                                                                                                                                  But boy, I am jonesing for something crunchy and chewy now.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Man - I remember that...KFC mashed taters.....smoothies. A complete and balanced diet - right?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I had a large nasty molar pulled,and the dentist said,why not take the wisdom teeth too while we're at it. That molar had turned me into a whiskey drinker for a week,so I hardly felt the wisdom teeth get pulled or noticed pain later. The molar must have been 3" deep and radioactive,it didn't come out easy but the hurt without it was less than the hurt with it.
                                                                                                                                                                      I think I had a couple shots of Wild Turkey and a half tub of cottage cheese. Next day I was back to my usual "brown food group" Coffee-Chocolate-Beer,with a side of a half of a BBQ chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                      I reckon living with a rather large molar that went full nasty must have tilted my pain threshold..getting rid of it was such an improvement a couple of wisdom teeth went almost unnoticed.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. When I was a kid and got sick,something mom fed me was poached eggs on milk toast. It's a couple of poached eggs on a slice of buttered toast in a bowl with hot milk on it all. I guess the theory is it's very digestible and nutritious...tasty too. Does not need much chewing. For us....Chicken soup was just a follow up. Poached Eggs on Milk toast was the main cure.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rerem

                                                                                                                                                                          My mom does the same thing, only it's tomato soup instead of milk, sans poached egg.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: spellweaver16

                                                                                                                                                                            lol. that would be like me saying "my mom did the same thing, only it was steak instead of toast"

                                                                                                                                                                        2. I got 8 teeth removed at once (4 impacted wisdoms and 4 others due to braces).

                                                                                                                                                                          Words of Advice: With all wounds, you need extra calories to speed the healing process. You won't feel like eating, but force yourself... especially if you're taking pain killers. Don't forget to add protein. Smoothies with protein powder are quick and easy (FYI: Most store bought smoothies have >30 grams of sugar. You're better off making your own.) Stay away from acidic and spicy for the first couple of days, your sockets will STING and THROB. Stay hydrated (You need good saliva production to fight off bacteria).

                                                                                                                                                                          Here are some foods that got me through:
                                                                                                                                                                          - Scrambled eggs, soft jasmine rice, mixed with cream of chicken soup.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Life cereal with soy milk, "chop" in blender.... don't use the food processor or blend button.... you'll end up with mush.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Papaya or ripe mango
                                                                                                                                                                          - Choc/PB/Banana smoothie: 5 cubes of ice, 1 cup vanilla ice cream, 1/4 cup of soymilk or regular milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 banana, 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                                          - Yogurt

                                                                                                                                                                          - Japanese Miso soup with Tofu
                                                                                                                                                                          - Chinese jook (soft rice soup)
                                                                                                                                                                          - Ramen (I like saporro brand the best). Break the noodles while in the bag so it's easier to eat when cooked. Add an egg at the end of cooking and mix.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Mashed potato with gravy
                                                                                                                                                                          - Filipino mongo bean soup and Ariscaldo
                                                                                                                                                                          - Hummus - if you have a blender - lots of recipes online - very easy to make.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Hi, I found this thread last week before I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted. Thank you to everyone that provided advice, experience and food suggestions. Now it's my turn to share.

                                                                                                                                                                            Even though I had all 4 teeth out in one shot, my surgery was one of the easiest to say the least. All 4 teeth were erupted and my roots were short and untangled. The only reason for the removal was that all 4 had developed cavities due to the difficulty in cleaning so far back there. My surgery was all of about 20 minutes including the time to put me to sleep and wake me again. I had pretty much no pain or swelling. I kept waiting the entire first day for something to kick in but I had nothing more than a slight dull headache which I suspect was more so from me not eating since the night before. At no point did I even feel the need to take aspirin.

                                                                                                                                                                            Still I wanted to be extra careful so as to not develop dry sockets. So I stuck to soft foods. I had a lot of what was suggested here ~ soup, carnation instant breakfasts (a better source of nutrition), pudding, Betty Crocker flavored mashed potatoes, and, available this time of year (November) – flavored eggnog! They had pumpkin and sugar cookie flavors. It was kind of nice because the eggnog was thick enough to feel as if you were getting some sustenance although like everything else, the sweetness was a bit much after having a few.

                                                                                                                                                                            I am eating more freely now but sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it for the time it takes to get all the gunk out of the holes where my teeth on the bottom once resided. I hope that area fills in soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sanderson33

                                                                                                                                                                              I had 2 very badly impacted wisdom teeth out thursday and had to get stitches. For everyone who needs to have the procedure it isn't bad at all. I have only taken advil the first day and have not needed any serious pain medicine. The only thing is that i am still not comfortable eating. I have been living on applesauce and just eating it bec i have to take antibiotics. When will i feel comfortable eating again? also how long after surgery can you drink from a straw?

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Could you take it a step further for me? I know that virtually anything soft goes...But I have a short gut and digestion problems, so I need foods that are high in potassium and I must have protein... Dehydration is very much a concern for me because I cannot absorb water without solid food in my stomach, so while many people would do okay on a clear liquid diet or on foods like ice cream, jello, applesauce, and chicken noodle soup or broth, I would quickly dehydrate and develop diarrhea. So I'm looking for foods like scrambled eggs, baked potato with butter and chives, mashed sweet potatoes, thick, high-potassium stuff like that. Can anyone suggest some more things like that? Smoothies of course will probably be half of my diet, but since they're liquid they can't be more than that. I'm rather nervous--they're telling me that my case is going to be unusually complicated and there's a chance they will have to break my jaw to get two of my impacted wisdom teeth out, but it has to be done and better sooner rather than later.... So any ideas will be appreciated!

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: heehahahahahee

                                                                                                                                                                                Mashed bananas
                                                                                                                                                                                Mashed avocado or guacamole
                                                                                                                                                                                Tomato soup (Cook tomatoes with a little garlic and onion in chicken broth, blend with a touch of cream, and add some fresh basil.
                                                                                                                                                                                Yogurt is quite high in potassium
                                                                                                                                                                                Beans are very high in potassium, so something like a pureed white bean soup or pureed lentil soup or white bean dip would be good.
                                                                                                                                                                                Creamed spinach.
                                                                                                                                                                                Mashed squash.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Mellicita

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, those are some very good ideas! I will certainly add those things to my list. I'm going to have my surgery in two weeks, so doing my advanced homework. I rather love creamed spinach mixed with avocado (weird I know, but I like it!) and Taco Bell's Pintoes N Cheese... Anyway thanks again!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ricotta Cheese: It can take on many forms for sweet or savory dishes by changing the additives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jacey

                                                                                                                                                                                  Here is my story. I got only 2 wisdom teeth. Thats the only good part. The bad part is that they are both completely encased in the bone and are completely horizontal impacted as well. I'm 24 and I choose to remove these even though I dont have any pain.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The left one is a blast. It took 70 minutes to remove and when it came out, it came out in 8 pieces. The right one is slightly easier, came out in 3 pieces in about 20 minutes. I only have local anesthesia btw. (crazy, i know).

                                                                                                                                                                                  About the pain, I dont feel any during the procedure, but I do hear lots of noises since the oral surgeon has to drill and cut my bone away.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Bleeding stops about 3 hours after surgery. I take vicodin and ibruprofen right after, and every 6 hours for 2 days along with amoxcillin for infection prevention. After 2 days, I stop taking vicodin because there is no pain.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Swelling starts about 6 hours after, but not much swelling occurs because of ice pack. 3 days later swelling starts to go down.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I follow directions very carefully, rinse with warm salt water the day after surgery every 4 hours to promote healing. No dry socket so far, and its been 6 days already.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tomorrow is day 7, and I have to come back to the surgeon office for check up. Hopefully everything goes well.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Probably the worst part is the diet. I have to stick to liquid for 2 days, then soft diet for another 4 days. Now I'm still on soft diet and I long to have a steak for a change...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: matt84

                                                                                                                                                                                    Matt!!! Poor guy...truly, reading all of these and remembering what 2 of my 3 sons went through (one has his still, never a problem, knock on wood)...I think that it is harder for males...they just want MEAT and they want it right away. Everyone's comments about the need for protein is well taken, it stays with you longer but that junky deviled ham really helped my youngest son back in 2005.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. i just had all four removed yesterday morning, only one had come out so that's the area with the least pain/swelling. i stocked up on a drinkable yogurt with probiotics and have been sipping on that all day.

                                                                                                                                                                                  also, i ate some before taking my vicodin, and when i took the vicodin i coated it in yogurt so it would slide back down. luckily haven't gotten sick from the painkillers yet, make sure you eat to keep the nausea down.

                                                                                                                                                                                  last night had some homemade chicken soup, smashed up the carrots, zucchini, and potatoes in there. took a while to eat but still managed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  off to trader joe's to buy their mac & cheese and their instant mashed potatoes. both require only milk & butter :)

                                                                                                                                                                                  ps. still can barely open my mouth and have a hard time talking. any suggestions/

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hernandez1587

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hernandez, probably the surgeon kept your mouth wide open for a really long time and so the muscle is swollen. Try to open your mouth couple times a day in a period of 5 or 6 days, each day you should try to open it wider and wider so that your jaw muscle can be stretched accordingly.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I dont know why but my mouth is completely fine, I can open my mouth without much difficulty about 2 days after surgery. Btw when I go to the surgeon office for check up on day 7, he said I recover really fast, considering how much bone he had to cut away to remove my impacted teeth. He also told me the sockets were filled completely with blood and thus I won't experience dry socket.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Today is day 9, my jaw still feel kinda weird, I can eat semi solid food now, but not the crunchy stuff like chips... I'm still afraid of chewing meat since I don't want it to get stuck in the big hole and get infected...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: matt84

                                                                                                                                                                                      I am almost completely recovered and it has been about 6 weeks since my procedure.
                                                                                                                                                                                      If you live in NYC head over to pastrami queen. They make the softest potato knishes and in the week after my procedure my diet was basically applesauce and a knishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I had dissolving stitches in my mouth and it took me a good 3 weeks till i felt almost normal and could open my mouth completely.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I just got all 4 of my wisdom teeth out yesterday morning. by noon yesterday I had all the feeling back in my mouth and almost no pain. Ice your mouth like crazy and DON'T miss your meds.
                                                                                                                                                                                    I suggest that you try Tomato Soup, and if you dont have all the feeling back in your mouth take crackers and smash them into the soup so that it has a more solid consistency that you can feel in your numb mouth. I've also been able to eat Easy Mac, its not the best food in the world but the noodles are soft and you can swallow them without chewing.
                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom had dry socket when she had her teeth pulled and she said it all has to do with keeping your nutrition up. So get your vitamins!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I'm fifteen and i had to take out my bottom two wisdom teeth yesterday morning. I was going to do all four but my top two are so far up that it would be really complicated to try and remove them. I only had the local anesthetic, but the surgeon i went to let me listen to my ipod during the procdeure, so it wasn't TOO bad. Apart from the numbing shots (i HATE needles!) everything else was pretty bearable. I took some codein after the numbness had worn off, and then i ate a can of cambell's soup for dinner. Today i ate plenty of ice cream, popsicles, and another can of soup. My uncle had bought KFC for dinner and i couldn't resist, so i ate chicken, mashed potatoes, and some biscuits for dinner. It was pretty okay, i just took small bites and made sure to chew in the front of my mouth. Other than that, i havent experienced any major pain, i'm just relaxing all day.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I think you can eat pretty much anything you want, within reason. Just be careful and you should be fine! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. OK..today I am having a wisdom tooth removed. I am going to drink lots of iced tea(no lemon..it might sting) and I will eat the creamy parts of pies....like key lime, chocolate, lemon, cheesecake...but no crusts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KdKd

                                                                                                                                                                                          Remember that it's not always easy to move food around in your mouth after the surgery... so even if you aren't chewing those pie fillings (mmm), your tongue will still have to work to help you swallow, which can be painful and not terribly clean. Make sure you get some dentist-approved mouth rinse (I was given a very light saline one that didn't hurt), or swish with warm water a lot!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. My extraction has been kind of rough. I was silly and waited until I was 26 to deal with my wisdom teeth - I would not recommend this! They were only able to remove 2 teeth on one side of my mouth so far since on of the teeth was sitting on either side of the nerve and was a tough extraction. I threw up twice the day after the surgery and was in bed on percoset the next five days. The toughest part has been just eating enough to keep my strength up. It has been 9 days since the surgery and I am able to eat soft foods now. Here's how the last week has gone - first apple sauce, home made tapioca pudding, ramen soup with noodles crushed up and basically swallowed without chewing, bean bisque soup with avocado and cheese, scrambled eggs with cheese, lukewarm green tea, jello, skinny cow fudge pops, mashed potatoes and gravy, mashed banana, peanut butter, hot cereal like malto meal and high fiber hot cereal, carnation instant breakfasts, smoothies (premade kind)...then I graduated to rice - went to a thai restaurant and had rice with curry sauce and potatoes, had seafood chowder and canned soup, cheese cake and key lime pie and tv dinners with rice and mashed potatoes....it's getting better but I still have not had meat and long for a big steak! Now only 2 more to go!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. nothing crunchy! you'll be so tempted but don't! i had all 4 of my impacted wisdoms out a little over a month ago, and if i wasn't making myself oatmeal or a protein shake, i was ordering indian and ethiopian food. mushy and delicious! just make sure to use that little water syringe thingie they give you to clean out the sockets because food will get stuck in there and it's not a pretty sight! good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I just had my wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday. I am STARVING. The first day i didn't eat ANYTHING. About 2 AM the next day i tried eating pudding, got sick! I was barely able to keep down chicken broth later the 2nd day. I tried cream of potato soup the 2nd night, i could only eat the "cream". Friday I was able to eat some pasta for lunch then some spaghetti for dinner as well as SMALL pieces of garlic bread. Saturday was able to eat mashed potatoes, baked beans and devilled eggs. But what I am craving, is all the food I can't eat!!!!! If anyone has any DELICIOUS and FILLING recipes for food I CAN eat, that'd be helpful!!! I am used to eating snack sized portions periodically throughout my day, and well I've lost over 10lbs in the past 4 days because I haven't been able to eat much of anything! Please help. I am STARVING!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: destructionsrighthand626

                                                                                                                                                                                                Not sure what you're craving specifically, other than crunchy solid foods with or without a straw but for filling...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Spinach or Cheese Souffle
                                                                                                                                                                                                Oatmeal - can make sweet or savory
                                                                                                                                                                                                Pastina cooked with parm and butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                Mashed Yam or Butternut Squash
                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably already doing em, but Protein Shakes - easy to amp up nutrition and cals with protein powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                Stewed Rhubarb then pureed
                                                                                                                                                                                                Cannelloni - soon once you can macerate the noodle with your tongue or even Ravioli well done
                                                                                                                                                                                                Some cookies if you suck them a bit (or soak in milk... dunk them Oreo's for 10 seconds) will dissolve in your mouth
                                                                                                                                                                                                Crackers with Dip if you hold them and let them dissolve to mush in your mouth... take ritz or the like and top with PB and J

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. i just had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted 2 days ago and i am eating normal food and i have been since 4 hours after the surgery. i was told i can eat anything i want after the numbness wears off as long as i dont use a straw for 48 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm glad I found this site. Although it did take me 2 days to read all the posts made. Thank you all for sharing your experiences. This is very informative for those who already had or is going to get their wisdom teeth extracted. I had all four of mine extracted on Friday so I'm on day 2 now. So far so good. I must say, my experience was alot better than I thought it would be. I was knocked out....(thank goodness) So I don't remember a thing at all. When I arrived home, first thing I did was eat.. and took the painkiller before the anesthetic wore out. For I was afraid of pain... and took the other antibiotics they provided. Kept changing the gauze to stop the bleeding. I had minimal bleeding. The only thing I regret doing was not icing as much as I should have the first 24hrs. I'm very swollen now. Plus I should have eaten more the first 24hrs because the next day after I tried the salt gargle I almost fainted because of no energy! Other than that...everything is good. Stopped the pain killers the next day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 2 things to say...first is thank you to everyone who made researching this situation so easy...finding everything I needed in one place helped prep me and gave me good questions to ask the doc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2nd is: thermal drinking cups you use for your car are perfect for getting liquid to the throat without having to suck or sip...just tip the head back and the liquid drops nicely in a narrow stream to your mouth. I had one for warm soup, one for water & one for smoothies since at first I was rinsing one to fill with the next liquid each time and it was a major hassle. So investing in 3 of them is just perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I had my wisdom teeth out today, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be at all. Usually I'm the biggest baby to pain, but I'm surprised at how well I'm taking it. All four were pulled, all impacted. I'm prescribed oxicodone for the pain, penicillin to ward off infection, and a drug called Dexamethasone to bring down the swelling. As a result, I'm only experiencing minor pain, and my face is hardly swollen. I've been sleeping most of the day, with ice on both sides of my cheeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      FOR FOOD: I make a smoothie with strawberries and other fruits. Unfortunately I cannot eat food with seeds like strawberries so I made a pear, orange, and apple smoothie that was surprisingly good. I put vitamins and protein powder in as well. I've also eaten McDonald's fruit and yogurt parfaits, just eating around the blueberries and strawberries. Chicken noodle soup, and chewing what I can in the front of my mouth has been another choice. Like me, some will find if you keep on eating, or making excessive movements with your mouth, like talking, you may bleed more, so try to take an easy. Wish everyone a speedy recovery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I've been reading this thread with interest. I had my fourth and last wisdom extraction on Friday. (My insurance pays for one at a time.) So I've had a lot of experience with this. No dry socket, but one time I could hardly open my jaw for month (turns out it takes five days for things like Excedrin to clear from your system and if they don't--you bleed--a lot.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, in the winter, I've done well with mashed potatoes and yogurt. For some reason, I'm not real thrilled with mashed potatoes in August. So this time, I've really been playing with soups. So far I've made a cold cucumber-buttermilk/yogurt soup, a warm carrot-ginger coconut milk soup (non-dairy), a cold melon-tomato soup (came out too sweet) and a corn soup. I've also made melon popsicles with mint (easy, healthy) and panna cotta. I zap various fruit with a little sugar to make a variety of sauces for the panna cotta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really miss crunching and nuts, but it's been a nice range of flavors (along with the ice cream I'm eating, but not making.) I've started blogging some of the recipes (not the too-sweet melon-tomato soup) for anyone who's interested. I've found it helps to have a good microplaner and a food mill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, for the recipes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I'm fiddling with a corn chowder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I realize this is old old old, but in case anyone out there is still looking for ideas for post wisdon teeth removal: Egg drop and sweet and sour soups are both delightful, savory and great, especially after the first couple days when you are getting tired of sweet and cold. Yes, avoid the straw for sucking in but I used it like a siphon or pipette to pick up a small amount of soup or liquid to drop into my mouth because at first even using a spoon and swallowing was tough (I had all 4 out w/2 impacted.) Chinese pork dumplings, steamed rather than panfried ware also good at several days post surgery as the soft dough and finely minced meat works pretty well. Tasted like heaven. Still does.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A creamy cheesy polenta was good as was a homemade Welsh Rabbit, and pre-packaged fondue from the deli case. You can make the Rabbit and polenta ahead of time and stash in the fridge for microwave warming up with a little milk added in to smooth and enrich. Also, add powdered dry milk and soy flour extra to everything you can for extra protein without a lot of added fat. The protein will help speed your recovery. You can add packaged protein powder to the sweet stuff but, it's way too sweet to my tastes to ad to anything savory and it's chancy at best to add it to things that will be heated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for the cold stuff, it was all good, just make sure to avoid any ice creams with add ins. I favored lemon and raspberry (sans seeds) sorbet, but that's just me. Oh, the "Flavor-ice" type of push pop is good. They come in sugar free, if that's an issue, and you squeeze them up rather than sucking or licking them which is good when sunction is a no-no and you can't open wide enough to cope with a popsicle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good luck to everyone who has to go through this right of passage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. So I had all four wisdom teeth removed last Friday (three of them impacted), and was going crazy after three days of soup - until I found this site - so helpful everyone, thanks! Based on suggestions here and my own experiments, I found the following worked: mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and corned beef hash, omelette, breakfast potatoes, milk/thickshakes (just don't use a straw), soup, cheesecake. Here's what didn't work: pasta, mozzarella sticks, french fries, fried rice (actually this worked OK until I saw all the other postings about rice causing dry socket, which scared the pants off me), scallion pancake (yes I was hopelessly optimistic). Also, I was not prepared for the general wooziness that followed the surgery, caused surely by the prescription painkillers - but it really will knock you around for a few days, so make sure you drink lots of water and get lots of rest as well. Ginger ale helps with the nausea that comes in the first couple of days. Good luck to everyone in their recoveries. Lucy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LM631

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Congratulations on making it through. Glad this post helped. Yep Frankenposts can actually be useful. Scallion pancake, wow, that is living on the edge! Ginger ale or giner tea can really help with that whole woozy anesthesia thing. It does last for a lot longer than you expect. Just because it's a one day outpatient thing doesn't mean that it still isn't fairly major surgery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. hi all, well done for braving it and saying goodbeye to the devil teeth!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              i had all 4 extracted yesterday, so came looking for food thats fine to eat, thanks for all the info on here, ive now sent my hubby to the shop with a long list!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ive been eating scrambled eggs, bread and butter, and chocolate buttons are great, let them melt on your tongue! i was advised no hot drinks for 48 hours, which is a bummer cos im gasping for a cup of tea!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              also noodles are very good, boil them up super soft, there's no chewing invovled. nice and easy! x

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: amyk84

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Careful on the bread and butter (dry socket if it gets caught in the holes), but the many items on this long thread should do you fine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also - I think lukewarm tea would be OK...just not boiling hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Like other readers, I am also glad that I found this post!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had four wisdom teeth removed a day ago. Luckily I've had minimal pain...gums are swollen and it's hard to open my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been eating small amounts of jello, yogurt, ice cream and pudding, but I got fed up with all of it on the first day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was afraid to try warmer foods, but I gave in and had a can of Organics Butternut Squash soup (add some plain yogurt as a sour cream substitute and it is so good). Tomorrow I'll be having some pumpkin soup (also very delicious).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm excited about all the suggestions here and will be going grocery shopping tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Healing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Starletty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good luck and god speed on the healing everyone. Don't worry too much about things with highish salt contents, like prepared broths and soups. The warm salty liquids are actually good for healing gum tissues and reducing inflammation. That's why your dentist has probably recommended swishing with warm salt water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lukewarm tea would also be good, the tannins in the tea should have a constrictive effect and also help reduce swelling. It's why we put tepid tea bags on puffy eyes. If you can stand slightly sweetened iced tea (the house wine of Texas) you might find it refreshing too. It will also help reduce the withdrawl from caffeine you might be experiencing if you are a confirmed tea or coffee junkie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ahh memories of wisdom teeth removal. Yeah, that was painful I'm glad it's something that only has to be endured once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aggiecat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ahh memories of wisdom teeth removal. Yeah, that was painful I'm glad it's something that only has to be endured once.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once ONLY if you got them all out at the same time. Mine came out one at a time. Thankfully it was the last one that was partially impacted (and took 3 people to hold me in the chair to be able to wrangle that sucker out of my jaw!). If that had been the first one out, I think I'd still have 3 wisdom teeth. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. this is an oldish post, but i have a quick question... i've got four full bony impacted wisdom teeth that i'm getting extracted soon. there are lots of great ideas for food that i hope i'll be able to try out; but does anyone think i'll be able to manage anything besides liquid broths and gatorade? no one in my family has had their teeth pulled, so i have no idea how i will respond to the surgery or what my recovery time will be like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for your time! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tarotitch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A few years ago I got five teeth pulled, including the remains of two wickedly impacted wisdom teeth. I followed my oral surgeon's advice and swallowed Vicodin pretty much the second I woke up from the anesthesia--my husband got my prescription filled while I was still in the chair--and made sure to take it regularly. I was pretty stoned the first day but the next day I was hungry and was able to eat mashed potatoes and butterscotch pudding, and I healed up well. If there's any advice I can give you it would be to take your pain meds ASAP. Don't try to be brave or think "oh, it doesn't hurt that much now, I don't need it." If you're dealing with teeth being dug out of the jawbone, you WILL need pain meds and they work better before the pain starts then when you're in agony. Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MandalayVA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EVERYTHING that MandalayVA has told you. Definitely take the pain meds. Don't try to be brave. Hopefully by the 2nd day, you'll be able (and will want to) manage extremely soft foods, like applesauce, mashed potatoes, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yep, staying ahead of the pain is crucial...I've regaled the story the oral surgeon told us about the teenager who went home after an extraction, fell asleep for most of the day and then awoke in horrid pain--you need someone with you especially that first day to help time your pain meds. I cannot believe that poor girl's parents or someone did not stay with her that day, heart-breaking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: tarotitch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my experience may not help, but i was actually hungry by the time i got home. i remember making my mom take me to whole foods to get some greens (kale, mustards, bok choy) to cook in miso broth (which i did til they were mushy). i diced up some tofu and tossed it in as well, as nothing required much chewing and could all be tongue mashed. of course, i ate it at room temp to warm so as not to disturb/melt the clots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i lucked out because my 3 (didn't own 4) were just pulled, not impacted, so i understand my experience may be more unique. still wanted to pass along my (not so bad) experience...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i wish you luck, and have to say, don't be a hero! take the pills if necessary :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tarotitch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Im 25 and well I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled 3 days ago. The two on the top were not stitched but the two on the bottom were. I am taking a drug to kill Bactria in the mouth (novamoxin 1 every 8 hours till empty). I took one t3 and noticed codeine made me feel sick so i stopped taking the t3s. I have to say, I feel little to no pain but my tongue is still a bit numb. I was awake while they were taken out and they just numbed me up ( I cant be put to sleep so I didnt have much of a choice). Still didnt hurt and doesn't hurt now and im still not taking any pain killers. I'd like to say he was gentle but my teeth didnt want to come out he had to drill some bone out to get it. He looked like he was tightening a bolt on his car tire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I didn't eat before I went in like some of this people tell you. Right after he numbed my mouth I went pale and felt sick so they gave me some juice before we started and told me I needed the sugar and that i should have eat something that morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So teeth got pulled felt a little bit of pain after leaving but nothing like a tooth infection.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Got home had tomato soup and mashed hard boiled eggs (had the soup warm not hot @ mashed the egg cause I couldn't open my mouth that wide). Do not eat rice like some of this people tell you too. (dont know why they said that) you get the idea of soft food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Next day I had the same the same thing. Tonight Im trying chicken and it smells good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If your pain killer is making you ill and this goes to everyone that wrote they were laying in bed for days, Try Ibuprofen (wont make you feel sick, takes away pain and helps reduce swelling) It just seems like a no brainier. If your in pain after its most likley cause you did somthing you shouldnt have and dislodged the blood clot and created a dry socket witch will hurt.... alot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just be smart and do what the dentist tells you and dont feel scared to ask him cause I wouldnt take the advice most of the people above gave, and ya rice pudding has rice in it so dont eat that either cause if you get one stuck in an opening, your going to fell it later.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just ask the guys above who were eating rice pudding and crying about pain. But then again maybe they got alot of pain cause they went under. I cant tell for sure but some of these guys, i think they are just trying to put others in pain too. Unlike most of the people here filling your self up on junk food wont help you (milkshakes, pudding, ect.) they wern't good for you before you got your teeth pulled there still not going to be good for you after you get them pulled. My dentist told me to eat the crap too and I laught and told him i wasnt planing on coming back that soon, he laughed and told me smart thinking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lol I got off topic a bit. gargle with salt water but not to often cause you can cause a yest infecting in your mouth. brush your teeth when you can open your mouth wide enough but not to far back just be careful. I should add that if your stitch comes out like mine did within the first day, if its not bleeding dont worry about. The stitch isnt there to close up anything, its there to hold the blood clot in for the time being. Just remeber the clot is whats going to heal you without it youll have a whole to the bone and it hurts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope this helped.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tarotitch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lol i almost forgot the most important thing witch ive yet to see here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DRINK LOTS OF WATER its a natural healer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Show me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks to everyone for the info!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i've made a list of things i'd like to eat, and i plan on asking the doctor what he recommends and what from my list i can have. i'm hoping for lots of cold and warm soups, mashed bananas, a soft baked apple (which, as i was reading, sounded amazing in general, not just for recovery food), hummus, and mashed sweet potato, among other things. i am sure i will have the pudding, milkshake, and smoothie at some point, but i have a feeling i will quickly get sick from too much sweetness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as far as liquids i am planning on gatorade, v8&v8infusions, tea, and lots and lots of water. also i will try pineapple juice (it irritates my mouth/tongue - used to be allergic to pineapple) and see if it works for me. hopefully i will get enough sustenance from what foods i can manage, and i won't need protein drinks like slimfast or ensure...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i appreciate all the well wishes! thank you very much. and i will be sure to stay on top of whatever meds i am given.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            show me, i hope you have a speedy recovery and that you are feeling better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Friday morning (4 days ago), I had 4 wisdom teeth pulled. The experience has been very mild for me with no swelling once I started to ice on the first day and no pain, thankfully. I started out eating soft foods and have gotten gradually more adventurous; however, I'm really tired of chewing with only my front teeth and want to get some idea of when I will be able to start chewing on my back teeth again. All 4 of my teeth were stiched with dissolvable stiches, which have yet to dissolve. If someone could please provide some insight into when they were able to chew normally on their back teeth, I would really appreciate the help! I'm not going to see my doctor again for another 3 days, and they never explained any eating habits beyond avoiding hard foods or foods with small bits that could get stuck. They gave me suggestions for the first day or two, but since I'm back to solid foods, I have no timeline of when I should be able to handle chewing on my back teeth. Thanks in advance for the help!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. the most important thing to know is:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YOUR HIGH-POWERED BLENDER IS YOUR FRIEND.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            make protein shakes with frozen fruit (NOT berries, though)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            make pureed soups.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            make iced blended mochas instead of having hot beverages

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pureed mac 'n cheese is actually ok if you start with a good mac 'n cheese. . . .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            creamed spinach that has gone through the blender is good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            you can make a spinach souffle that will do the trick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            spinach souffle with cheese sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stick with foods that have gone through your blender and you will avoid catastrophe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok so this has been SUPER helpful. I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed one week ago today. They were all below the gum surface but surgery went fabulously, however I'm not a big fan of waking up after a general anesthetic. I felt ill for a slight moment later that day. But I still can't eat normal foods. I'm stuck with mashed potatoes, applesauce, pudding and jell-o and I'm so sick of potatoes I would be perfectly content with never seeing one again. Any other recommendations? I know it's been over a week and most people I've talked to were able to eat normally by now, but not me. I'm still slightly swollen and I started bruising after 5 days...imagine that. However no dry sockets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone know how long before the stitches are supposed to dissolve cause they're starting to annoy me. I just really want a big juicy steak, shrimp or chicken. It's driving me crazy. I've realized bananas are great if I could just get the thing in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: carissa_reed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had mine out a week ago yesterday too and I have started eating more normally after my check-up yesterday morning. I had one stitch fall out completely today and the rest are starting to come off on one side or else feel thinner. They are supposed to start dissolving after about a week, so yours should go soon. Dissolve is kind of an interesting word, however. They don't so much dissolve as just come out while you're eating. Just a heads up in case you don't want to swallow it. I've been eating pasta for a while now and was able to chew it completely using my back teeth starting yesterday. Also, I've found that I like melting cheese on a soft tortilla in the microwave for a simple enchilada-type meal. Grilled cheese is another thing I've been able to get down pretty easily. Even if you can't chew it normally yet, it is easy to eat in small bits. I left the crusts alone, but the rest of it went down well. Potato soup is another good one as long as it doesn't have any bacon bits or anything in it. I know my biggest problem over the past week was finding substantial foods to eat that actually filled me up, because mashed potatoes and yogurt were not doing the job. I hope this helps and that you start feeling better soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Herby312

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey thanks! I tried the grilled cheese yesterday...that was slightly awkward for me haha. I'm still a bit swollen on the inside of my mouth and I've read/heard too many horror stories of getting food in the extraction site so I've been careful. Pasta seemed to be better off tonight than I expected. I just want the stitches to come out...they're irritating. But thanks for letting me know they might just fall out like that...really don't need to freak out and call the oral surgeon about something like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: carissa_reed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So I'd try hot and sour or egg drop soups, lovely savory miso soup with soft tofu that you can "chew" with your tongue. You could do a noodle-less lasagna with tofu and riccotta and finely diced mushrooms and spinach. You can also take a blender to a clam chowder and it's still very tastey, or make your own and use the diced clams. You want to get plenty of protein to help with the healing and that's hard to do when you can't chew. I add protein powder to everything sweet and creamy (because of malabsorbsion issues) so I'm always looking for easy to digest ways of upping protein intakes in the savory and warm catagory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I had my 4 teeth done it was thanksgiving so we very finely diced/minced some turkey, mixed in a little finely diced bread stuffing and gravy/broth to make a turkey "soup" and I ate that with small hits of jellied canned cranberry sauce. it still makes a good comfort food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stoufher's makes a decent microwavable cheese shouffle and spinach souffle. The frozen section of your supermarket might have some indian foods, look for dahl or other very soft, soupy foods. You'll want to skip the rice early on. I also did a lot of small curd cottage cheese, with salt and pepper. I also like it with tuna mixed in but I'm weird that way. If you are right out of surgery you want to skip the tuna. And good luck! it's no fun but at least now it's over, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: carissa_reed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "I've realized bananas are great if I could just get the thing in my mouth."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that's what she said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. First of all, I just need to say that all the comments on this thread have saved me for the past two days! I got all four of my wisdom teeth out yesterday morning, with laughing gas and Novocaine, and the top two were just pulled out but the bottom two had to be broken into pieces and there are now stitches in there. My dentist gave me minimal information on what to eat so I've been nervous, which is why I'm so happy I came across all your lovely comments!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So far I've been eating pudding, mashed potatoes, really yummy organic butternut squash soup, cheesy scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, yogurt (the kind with extra probiotics) and I've been drinking a lot of water. I'm a vegetarian so it's been a bit of a struggle to make sure I'm still getting good protein but I think I've done okay. I'm also a pretty small person so it's important that I eat a lot so that I don't lose weight. So far I've had a bit of pain but the Vicodin has helped alleviate it and I haven't felt any nausea from the medication, which is good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Overall, this thread was such a huge help and I can't wait to try a bunch of the other foods that have been suggested!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gargoke

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love seeing this thread resurrected on an annual basis over the past 4 years! I'm so sorry to hear your dentist didn't give good info on what to eat and what not to eat. Sounds like what you've been having is filling and easy to eat. Hopefully the pain eases off and you're able to begin to chew "real food" very soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gargoke

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stay away from hummus and pita ... that was my brilliant idea for real protein food post-wisdom teeth. Chewing pita hurt, even weeks later. Ended up eating hummus with a spoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream (no chunks or bits). I had all 4 of my impacted wisdom teeth extracted when I was a senior in high school. The stitches felt like barbed wire in my mouth. My face was so swollen, I looked like a chipmunk with its mouth stuffed full of nuts. Hurt like hell. My mom fed my ice cream and sorbet for a week. The calories kept me going, and the cold helped the swelling and the pain. (I was not offered pain meds.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes. My son survived on Italian Ices when all 4 of his impacted teeth were extracted. Said the cold was really soothing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I love that this thread is still up and running as about 4 days ago my mouth started to give me the worst pain I've felt in some time. I haven't gotten my teeth extracted yet, but they need to be. Long story short, the way they're coming out made it impossible to chew anything the last fews days. I can't open my mouth so I needed to find suggestions on what to eat. It's gotten better but the dentist said he cant do anything until I can open my mouth. Once they are out I am gonna have little to do so I'm excited to post some healthy suggestions then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: imunbalanced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just got one tooth out yesterday and I have two stiches. I tried some scrambled eggs for breakfast, but it wasn't happening so I had icecream. I'm making leek and potato soup for tea which I will have lukewarm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've just pureed at tin of pear halves and they were great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. When I had my wisdom teeth out, they were all impacted, and they all came out at once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I ate Vicodin and codeine for five days. With the occasional barley pop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: YoungstownBoy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yeah, if they are embedded in bone, the healing takes longer...and it's more painful...hope you feel better YB! My son had 2 out of 4 embedded...thus, my prior post about staying AHEAD of the pain...and the unfortunate deviled ham...LOL...he NEEDED meat, dammit! And I knew that stuff was trash but it made him feel sated and he could not chew!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I guess I have the best story on here, but last summer I got all 4 removed and had no swelling/pain. I only took the Percs to prevent hitting a potential "wall" once the anestesia wore off. Anyway, I went to the gym the next day, and ate a burger and fries the day after. No dry socket, nothing. Just following your doc's orders. Mine said, "Don't eat anything that hurts..." :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kecs316

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had a toothache in a growing wisdom tooth for about a week and ignored it until it got to the point that I couldn't eat or talk. When I went to the dentist he said it was an "emergency" and immediately sent me to the oral surgeon. Because it was so infected I had to be on antibiotics for a couple days before I could have the surgery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yesterday my boyfriend and I went shopping for mushy foods yesterday so I'd be prepared to feed myself while he's at work. We got: oatmeal, pudding, tapioca, marshmallows, mashed potatoes, chocolate ice cream, rice (which i now know i shouldn't eat), jello and beeferoni. My surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. I plan to come home after, take the pain pills, and hopefully sleep until he comes home!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: symbiotic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Careful of the oatmeal and Beefaroni as well, symbiotic. ANYTHING that has small bits like they both do that could lodge in the socket is dangerous for the first few days. Good luck with your surgery and hope the pain pills knock you out or at least take the major edge off. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. When I had mine extracted (all 4) with full gear of needles and laughing gas, it was quite a challenge to get any nutrition into my body for a few days. In the end, my mother made me tonnes and tonnes of soups - just Chinese soups to tide me over. On the first day, I'd take caution on the lack of feelings (so cool the soup first), but after that, you can add everything to soups (veggies, meats, herbs) and it actually becomes a meal in itself. What's even better is that the veggies get pretty soft, so you're almost eating baby food. G'luck and all the best.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LadyTong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yummm, I'm having dreams of lovely fragrant hot and sour soup right now LadyTong. Actually its great that these posts keep getting resurrected because folks still need to have teeth removed and foods change and new things come along and someone else might have a totally brilliant idea. Plus, even though this is a blog for wisdom tooth removal, I've come back to it because I had emergency and intestinal surgery had to do liquid diet for a month and am now on soft foods for... not sure till when. So coming back here and getting fresh ideas, remembering ideas I forgot about etc is really helpful. I need to go add a tag for soft/liquid diet before I forget. Good luck and speedy healing for everyone with tooth or other issues. Take the pain meds that's what they are for, people with pain!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: aggiecat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just got my lower 2 wisdom teeth pulled this morning (all I had, thank god). I found this thread a few days ago upon doing my homework for food ideas and this entire thread has been great. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have stitches where my teeth used to be but i don't know if they're the dissolving kind. So far today I have had 2 huge bowls of ice cream, applesauce, scrambled eggs, a mushed up banana and cream of chicken soup. Oh that cream of chicken soup! So good! I found I could not take pills just on water alone because my tongue was so numb it barely did its job. So I put the pills in either the ice cream and used my tongue to push the morsel to the back of my throat with a chaser of water or in the banana. I do not recommend the banana for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Based on the mashed potato suggestions here I went out and bought some potatoes to make into mashed later in the weekend. The nurse said to take the anti-swelling drug starting tomorrow so I'll see how I'm doing in the morning. I'm a stomach sleeper and I hope my brain figures it out that sleeping on my back is the way to go!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The hardest part of this entire process was pre and post surgery recovery. I have tiny veins and it took forever to get my IV hooked up which made me lose it (charming) and then afterwards I came out of the drugs crying and shaking, I just think from my body processing everything. The pain hasn't been so bad but I second, third and fourth everyone to take your meds before you think you need them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jangie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ^I had all four of mine taken out on the same day as you, I experienced the crying and shaking sensation that you had described.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've had mashed potatoes for all three days and am already sick of it but I can barely open my jaw enough to eat anything else. I additionally throw in pudding and popsicles to the mix randomly. I can't wait to get back to eating normally but from what I've read here it seems like it will be a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I unfortunately threw up twice after eating on the day of the surgery so it would probably be best to keep it light and avoid soda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jangie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not uncommon to have either reaction to anesthesia. If there is ever a next tim, be sure to let your surgeon know that you might react, especially with vomiting, they can fix you right up with that while the IV is in. As bad as an IV it it still beats the heck out of a central line so in the grand scheme of things....that is, unless the IV insertion is done by "Frick and Frack, the Tappit Bros. " Honestly I thought they would just keep poking and poking. I finally told 'em to quit and go get a phlebotomist. (sp???) to get it done right. Bruises hung around for a whole Month. So I definitely feel your pain. Good luck to both!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. So I had my remaining 3 wisdom teeth pulled 6 days after giving birth to my baby. I was nursing also, so I really needed to take care of myself. The first day I had lots of pudding and Slimfast, because it has proteins and vitamins etc. Mashed potatoes became my best friend, thank god I like them!! The next day I was able to handle a little soup, chicken broth and a few bites of noodles but not much else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope that you heal fine, I did

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lala112

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Heres what I did:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the first day, Thursday of June the 18th i think?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't think I ate that day, I don't remember, But on second day I ate rather small, like smoothies and that...The third day I drank more smoothies (banana,milk,frozengrapes,apples,strawberrys,etc,etc, into a MagicBlender,) the third day for lunch I had Mashed potatoes mixed with fish, instead of putting the mix on a frying pan and making fish patties I ate it like regular mashed tatoes, for dinner I had fried ham. On the 4th day I smoked (couldn't help it) and had the same thing, a smoothie and more ham but for breakfast I had eggs and a smoothie, the 5th day im going to have a smoothie and im not sure yet...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My tips, since i did soooo much googleing through this week are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After 5-6 days you're able to do your regular day to day activities, such as excersize, work, and so on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  after 4-5 days you're able to smoke, but REMEMBER to put a gauze over the hole(s) FIRST before doing so, (They must be wet or they won't even have a point of been inside to protect the holes from getting infection)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  what should you gather to eat before you get your wisdom teeth taken out?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fruit is a must,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eggs, potatoes(mashed), fish(add to the mashed)(the jard fish), and Baby food! it could be the jar'd baby food and the other Toddler Starter food, like those crackers that desolve in the mouth, and finger baby food (my nephew has strawberry ones, omg those were the bomb on the second day of eating nothing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thats pretty much all you need to know, if you have questions I most likely asked someone about since I botherd so much people about wisdom extractions, i'll answer your questions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Email: blinkyinc@hotmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Hi we are a little dfferent. After 20 years ago past, my husband, having 2 0f 3 wisdom teeth pulled, suddenly at age 59 1/2 getting a funny feeling, and the dentist said it was the long lost wisdom tooth. We had it taken out with surgery today and it was quite an ordeal. We were told the older you get the longer the roots get. So now he is in the utmost pain from the extraction. The dentist said she has seen this happen up to age 104! I don't know about you but I would agree the younger the better. However if you can believe this this all happened in the last 7 days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I'm 15 1/2 and I'm getting mine out tomorrow. My two lower ones are partially impacted, the two tops are not. I'll be on laughing gas and valium during the procedure. My brother is 23 and just got his out a couple weeks ago and he was able to eat steak the next night...hoping for a swift recovery too. I do not like soup though at all...mashed potatoes yes, but soup no and I see alot of people recommending soup...any advice for the non soup lovers?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Beccalynnbeckham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of other things - pudding, yogurt, applesauce, plain ice cream, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes (this is where you add lots of butter and sour cream for extra rich flavor!), fruit smoothies....lots of ways to fill you up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        if blb likes "dips," try hummus and baba ghanoush with a spoon :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        custard, flan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for variety, mashed sweet potatoes or yams or carrots


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        day two maybe pancakes if you like ample maple and butter to make em soggy and mashable with your tongue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        crustless quiche (dust outside with cornmeal) - made with pureed corn, pureed, roasted garlic, etc. strong flavors but no real texture to have to chew or fear ending up in sockets :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oooh - pancakes and maple syrup are a GREAT idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. it's not the what, but the how. try eating with a spoon for babies, you won't have to open your mouth so far. also, just a warning - i got dry socket two months after the surgery, so keep avoiding tiny particles even when you think you have healed

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PotatoPuff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well...I woke up during the procedure. It was only supposed to be 2 and a half hours and it was 4 hours. I woke up when they were stitching my gums together, they also couldn't get one of the teeth out so I have to go back in a few months. I'm extremely lucky, I was able to eat mac n cheese and chocolate cake with vicodin.........:D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Beccalynnbeckham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FOUR HOURS? Yikes. But I like the mac 'n' cheese and chocolate cake with Vicodin. :-) I do hope you're doing OK this a.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks :D Well somehow I was able to eat mcdonalds fries and pizza hut pizza if I ripped it in very small pieces. Definetly not enjoying the bloody drool all over my pillow cases and sheets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Hi Guys,I had my 2 wisdom tooth(upper & lower right) extracted two days back..After that i read the blog and it was really helpful.I also thought of sharing my exp with all of you.The time after extraction was really painful as initially the right cheek was numb and it was bleeding.so,i didnt take the painkiller because of the disgusting bloody feeling in my mouth and i slept.after 2 hrs or so i got up and felt immense pain & was not able to move to my kitchen to take water also.It was really really painful.So,first thing is to take painkiller asap ignoring the disgusting feeling.My husband was nt at home and I was abt to fall while taking medicine.thnkfully i took that and slept again.first day i had shakes only and didnt take anything solid.The very next day i had juice and yogurt and that made me feel really sick & depressed.I was feeling weak.In the evening,I took cheesy fiesta from taco bell avoiding any part to go to right side and successfully ate like that.Felt much much better.Then i had soft bread and butter dipping it in eggcurry for dinner.i really felt grt after that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The key point is to avoid eating anything granulated and not allowing it to reach the hollow portion.I am feeling little better and seems like the wound is also getting healed.I am planning to have boiled egg for lunch and pudding for dinner.Happy healing to all!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I had all four wisdom teeth removed about 4 days ago (2 impacted, I believe). I looked to this thread a few days before to do some research and reading some of the things you all were able to eat is amazing! I haven't had luck eating half of those things. Only a few bites of Jell-O, applesauce, and half-melted popsicles. I can't stand "cream of..." soups, so no luck there. It seems even Jell-O can have a tendency to get stuck in places if it's broken up too small, so I've tried to swallow most things whole which is doing a number on my throat and giving me "throat nausea" (that odd, throaty feeling you have before you upchuck). I don't have much of an appetite, as I'm still sore and my mouth can barely open, but I'm starting to get really weak. Tried to go back to work today but felt very ill from meds and lack of food. At this point I'm just drinking a lot of water, eating ice cream, and I'm going to try very soft mashed potatoes tonight...can't afford losing another day of work because of this weird diet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If worst comes to worst, just make sure you stay hydrated! Water and Carnation breakfast drinks helped me when I felt ill this morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I got my wisdom teeth pulled under general anasthetic 2 days ago, and have been eating super soft foods since then. After getting home the first day, my Mom made me drink lots of liquids. Juices, smoothies, milkshakes and chocolate milk are the winners because water is just too boring. As far as food goes, I've been eating homemade potato-leek soup (Thank you, Mom!), mashed potatoes with LOADS of milk, butter and cream cheese, put through the blender so it's nice and smooth. Today I managed to inhale some KD and it was nice even though I didn't chew, I just swallowed. That probably wasn't the best idea. For breakfast this morning I had cream of wheat with brown sugar and milk, a meal I enjoyed before the surgery, so that was nice, too. I'm pretty excited to try the pureed ground beef being cooked up for me right now, as I have an intense craving for meat!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I had one wisdom tooth out last year (impacted) and the other three out four days ago. Two were impacted this time around. I just had local anesthesia and only needed stitches on one. So far things have been going well. I am still eating mostly soft foods and being extra careful. I am a total health nut and nutrition freak so the idea of living off of ice cream and jell-o doesn't sit well with me so this is what I have been eating for the most part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Naked (or Odwalla) Protein juice smoothies and blends. These are high in vitamins, protean and tend to be very thin and easy to drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Organic Tomato and Garlic Chicken soup. A brand sold a Whole Foods (Imagine Bistro) sells a variety of very smooth chunk-free soups that are great, highly nutritious and won't get stuck in your tooth holes. If you want to thicken these, you can add thoroughly cooked veggies and/or soggy crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Yogurt. Blend in honey, mashed fruit, or just eat as is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Apple sauce, pear sauce, any sort of cooked and mushed fruit. Same goes for mushy veggies if you are down with them. I love mushy carrots and mushy cauliflower. Just be sure your mouth is ready, the food is finely pureed and nothing gets suck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Vegetable and fruit juices with no added sugar, corn syrup, colors or other junk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Mashed sweet potatoes. One of the healthiest foods on earth! Great with a little salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Cream of Wheat/Rice- Both of these are very smooth cereals that can be made sweet or savory. Also called Malt-o-meal, similar to grits. It's filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Rather than Gatorade (which contains High Fructose Corn Syrup) drink pulp free coconut juice. It's the best electrolyte replacer out there and is great at helping the body recover.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - If you are craving something cold and sweet, Kozy shack makes quality pudding and companies like Ciao Bella make some of the best Gelato and sorbet I've ever had outside of Italy. If you are eating these foods, may as well eat quality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eating plenty of protein and getting ample nutrients on your way to recovery is very important. Pudding and ice cream are not quite the nutritional powerhouses that smarter choices are- and wisdom tooth removal shouldn't be an excuse to deprive your body of quality fuel. There are healthy, soft, nutritious foods you can eat post surgery. Be sure to eat a few veggies and fruits on your way to recovery and get as much protein as you can. I have found the Naked Protein Smoothies particularly helpful and very tasty and filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. This whole board was very helpful - I just thought I'd add two or three things I found that worked well, especially after that first day of "I'm just going to suck down a little yogurt so I don't faint".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the record, I had all four of my wisdom teeth - two fully erupted, one impacted but partially erupted, and one totally impacted and all-around horrifying to get out - taken out under a local with nitrus about 72 hours ago now and I've been off the Vicodin (which, like many of you, made me sick) for about 24 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some of my favorites were mashed potatoes like you all mentioned, tepid tomato soup and chicken broth (good and salty after so much sherbet!) and V8/Odwalla/Homemade Smoothies. As I got a little bit more adventurous and got my appetite back (like a lightswitch after going off the Vicodin), I went to my favorite indian restaurant and got Palak Paneer with extra mild spice. The spinach is easy to swallow and super flavorful and the cheese is very easy to just squish with your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Then for dinner I made simple guacamole (just avocado and lemon/lime/salt/chile powder) and ate it plain; I had no-bake cheesecake (and just left the crust) for desert. And today, now that I have a little bit more jaw movement, I had Spaghetti O's which, disgusting and full of preservatives though they may be, tasted pretty darn good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mom made some microwave custards that were great for a breakfast food (nothing chewy except the cinnamon/nutmeg on top) and for take out, both Wendy's Frostys and classic Orange Juliuses (with a banana for a bit of extra good) were divine splurges.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope this helps future perusers of this thread! Happy healing to all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MsMichelleRenee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This thread was so helpful to me during my wisdom tooth recovery, I wanted to add my own thoughts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had my lower two wisdom teeth removed just two weeks ago. I am 33 and my oral surgeon warned me that I had a tough case. One tooth was partially erupted and chipping apart and the other was mostly encased in gum/bone, but was trying to get out. The roots of my right wisdom tooth ran VERY close to the nerve that supplies feeling to my chin/lip/teeth on that side. He said I had a 10-15% chance that I would loose feeling on that side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The surgery went great. And while he didn't touch the nerve, the nerve was exposed and so I am having some numbness on that side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The first day is all about rest and recovery. I couldn't drink water for the few first hours after surgery because my mouth was too numb (it all dribbled out). But, once my throat started to go sore, I tried to drink as much as I could.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The foods that saved me were:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1) Applesauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2) Fruit sorbets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Mashed potatoes (get the instant kind)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4) Baby food (the pear is amazingly good)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After the first few days, while my mouth was still painful, I was "cleared" for more adventurous foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1) Pureed soups: You can take any canned soup and put it in the blender...it comes out tasting fairly decent. And I made potato bacon cheese soup...pureed it and it was amazing!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2) Pureed Indian food: it may sound gross, but pureeing chana masala was an amazing moment. It tasted like real food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Pureed beans with a bit of cheese and hot sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4) "Melt in your mouth" baby puff crackers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After the first week, I was cleared to eat anything I felt like, but I still haven't gotten there yet. I am two weeks in and still trying to stay close to soft foods, as my mouth is still pretty sore. I do have still some numbness on my right side, but it's slowly healing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope you are all doing well in your healing! Congrats on getting through it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. First and foremost, I have to thank everyone that posted prior to July 2010 as I got my wisdoms out at the end of June and all the tips were so helpful! I was lucky and only had (3) taken out, 1 full erupted, 1 partially erupted/impacted, and 1 full impacted, 1 is no where to be found. The only problem I had was having to alter my diet due to my dietary restrictions being that I am allergic to dairy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What I found useful was the just add water miso soup cups! I didn't have to wait long to get something in. It has protein and you can just swallow the itty bitty pieces of tofu. I found it to be the easiest out of all the foods I ingested. HEAVEN SENT!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Within a few hours of my surgery my husband tried to spoon feed me a soy vanilla bean frapp from Starbucks. I ended up gagging on it, cause I was still very numb and couldn't figure out what was going on. I was still very drugged and sleepy, knocked up on Tylenol 3 (codeine). Other foods I was fed were freshly made sorbet (cold items were great), 7-11 slurpees, canned Trader Joe's tomato soup, applesauce and soy yogurt. I craved for MSG-free Japanese curry but I didn't have any in the pantry and wasn't about to drive 45 minutes to get it. But that is good stuff and it's liquidy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I believe my favorite meal was a vegan instant mashed potatoes, vegan gravy and soft tofu. It was like Thanksgiving less my turkey. It filled me up and actually had the protein to keep me full. Yes, I missed my daily serving rice, but this was close enough. Regular eating didn't commence till 6 days post op, when I got my clearance, but even that I always used my front teeth and took very small bites and swished immediately after eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At the end of the story, getting my wisdoms out weren't as bad as the horror stories I had heard before, especially since I wasn't in my teens (27). I was only on the narcotics for a couple doses and Motrin 800 and antibiotics were my best friends. The only pain I had was an achy jaw which was just a dull non-throbbing pain and it was only on the bottom left where they removed my fully impacted tooth. The antibiotics I was on needed food to be taken with it, otherwise I was horribly nauseous, so that was annoying having to eat at 2 a.m. being that the abx was every 4 hours.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: honeylove

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    eat oatmeal tapioca and tomato soup!! and munch thoes percocets!! yum yum yum lots of video games helps too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. so i am one of the lucky ones, but i had a great time with my wisdom teeth - had all 4 out at the same time - really enjoyed the meds and was eating a bean burrito hours afterwards - no problems. even if you cant handle the tortilla, beans and salsa are just fine...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I had a gum graft a few months ago, and one of my favorite 'advanced' foods (starting day 4 or 5) was warmed-up banana chocolate-chip bread (you could obviously leave out the chocolate). It has to be warm and soft enough that you can mush it against the top of your mouth but not so hot that it'll be painful against your tender tissues. I used a recipe that included yogurt, which ensured it was on the soft side. I was so sick of mashed potatoes by the time I made the bread that I think I ate a half-loaf the first day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I had an impacted, swollen, infected wisdom tooth out during a spring break from college. I found out the hard way that I was allergic to the vicodin they gave me for the pain. For about 2-3 weeks I was on a pretty soft food diet. Be prepared that you will get sick of sweet foods pretty fast no matter how much of a "sweet tooth" you have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My suggestions:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nutella (good way to make sure you're getting enough calories)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steamed and then mashed peas/carrots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mac and cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I loved frozen drinks from Dunkin Donuts, but since you can't use a straw I asked that they give it to me in a cup meant for hot drinks so I could drink it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, don't forget that you're not supposed to spit but you are supposed to rinse starting a couple days after surgery. I just swished the liquid around by moving my head and then tilted my head to let the liquid "dribble" out. Sounds gross, but it works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I have 4 widsom teeth being extracted tomorrow. Only 1 impacted. No IV or laughing gas, just shots... I get panic attacks and they are concerned that these will induce one once I get to the point of feeling like I am no longer in control of my body or the situation. With that being said, I cannot take narcotics afterwards during the healing process. 800mg ibuprofen is about it. Has anyone else gone through it with minimal pain reliever? Any advice or suggestions? I am getting extremely nervous about the whole process :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pezcandy83

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don't worry! My body doesn't react to nitrous oxide (laughing gas), so they couldn't use that with me. I just had the Novocaine shots and all I could feel was them touching and pulling, but no pain or discomfort. It does sound a little scary as they are doing the procedure, so I would consider bringing an iPod and headphones so you don't hear what's going on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In terms of pain killers, I am allergic to oxycodone and hydrocodone, which meant no narcotics for me (can you see how "fun" my experience was?). I took a sleeping pill as soon as I felt the Novocaine wearing off to sleep through the worst of the pain, and then had no trouble just using Ibuprofen until it didn't hurt anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pezcandy83

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is probably too late, but you should consider asking your dental surgeon for a light tranquilizer along the lines of xanax or ativan. And in my experience, I did have the narcotic option, but honestly after the first 24 hours ibuprofen worked more effectively for longer, and it didn't cause the "rebound" that narcotics can. Tylenol sometimes works better than ibu. for some folks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mamachef - No, not too late, but I get panic attacks from anything that alters my state of mind, which unfotunately includes narcotics, sleeping aids... even xanax. :( But it sounds like I'll survive with the ibuprofen just fine! Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: pezcandy83

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't take narcotics either, so I relied on ice packs and sleep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Two olives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (From the bottom of your THIRD martini.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Found this post super helpful! I got 5 wisdom teeth removed- yes 5, two of which were impacted 3 days ago. The first day I ate a bit of yougurt and pudding, which wasn't very satisfying, but I felt nausious if I did not eat before taking pain meds. The second day I was able to eat mac and cheese. The pieces were big enough not to get stuck in the sockets but small enough to swallow without having to chew. It was nice to eat something solid. I would definitely recommend the new Tim Horton's fruit smoothie. It was really good and the berry flavoured one did not have seeds. Mr. Noodles I had today and just overcooked them so they were easy to eat. Really recommend using ice packs too! Unfortunately for myself I used them for 3 days and still swelled up like a balloon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RebekahSalt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had 5 wisdom teeth (the 5th was impacted) removed a day and a half ago(currently midnight.. Had them out at noon). During the past 2 days I have lived on freeze pops, milkshakes, jello, Gatorade, and absolutely living on yogurt- Damon fruit on the bottom and go-gurts(extra protein). Tonight I got adventurous and ate a piece of cake-icing... Tomorrow I hope to go after Mac-n-cheese.. I wish I used more ice packs the first day. Used 1 when I first got home. Bleeding was on and off for first 8 hrs and have had some bleeding today. I can feel one of the sutures which is really annoying. Hiopefully they dissolve soon. I don't have full ROM with mouth and jaw and still pretty sore....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WHAT A WASTE OF SPRING BREAK!!! I just want a big pizza, french fries, maybe a DQ blizzard or cookies.. I miss regular food a lot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Good luck, Veggietales - you will be fine and will be glad to have them out and the procedure over with. I lived off of *very* soft scrambled eggs that were cooked well (I do not like undercooked eggs - always fix them well done) but mixed in lots of milk while beating the eggs, then after they were cooked I cut them up very finely with a fork then mashed them done with the tines of the fork. I also craved Pomegranate Cranberry 100% Juice for quick energy that is nutritious. Homemade popsicles with various fruit juices or 100% fruit juice popsicles in the store are good to have on hand. Another tip for day 2 or 3 would be warm (not hot) marinara sauce with grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese on top - this satisfied my craving for spaghetti with sauce when I wasn't able to chew the spaghetti just yet. The tomato sauce is an excellent source of lycopene and filling, too. Hummus, Odwalla smoothies, and mashed potatoes mixed with sour cream or yogurt are all good options, too. Stay hydrated with lots of cool water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled 3 days ago 2 where impacted and the had to cut the bone there is very little to no bleeding. They had to cut the bone on my left side but the past 2 days my right cheeck is more swollen than the other i have been putting ice on it on and off and it is starting to go down. I am starving tho i have had nothing but yogurt and mashed potatoes, and had eggs today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I heard that you should not eat sweets or dairy the first week because of the bacteria and the sugars can effect the healing process. I would like to know when i can eat "real" food again but im scared that if i do start to chew that i might create a dry socket so should i wait until i get my stitches out???
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thank you for all of the post its very helpful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: blondie07

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        blondie - your best bet re: the "real food" is to ask your doctor who performed the extraction. But I stuck with soft food until the swelling went down and the majority of the pain went away. Gently clench your teeth together - when you can do that without pain, try something soft but needs chewing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I had a terrible experience getting them out...I was awake during the procedure and I cried my way out of the dentist (apparently I have very strong teeth - all of them had 3 roots already). Anyway, my recovery so far has been very easy. I got them removed two days ago and I am already fine with eating mac n cheese (I just cook it longer than normal so the noodles are soft), pancakes with butter, broccoli cheddar soup from Panera Bread, scrambled eggs, and of course lots of milkshakes/ice cream. I ate liquids only the first day but today I woke up feeling unbelievably faint, decided it was time to eat some real food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I know this is years late, but i thought I'd share my experience with all you guys.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had all four wisdom teeth removed about two full days ago (today is the third day). One had fully erupted, the other three were impacted. The surgery itself went well (I was under local anesthesia and don't remember a thing), and the numbness in my jaw disappeared a couple hours later. Because of all the blood in my mouth I didn't care to eat, but tried to force down some pudding at first because I was taking tylenol, Vicodin, and an antibiotic and didn't want to get nauseated. As the afternoon wore on, though, I became increasingly ill but my mom still forced me to eat a fudgsicle and some honey yogurt, then orange juice. Like many of you, I quickly became sick of sweet things. Anyway, I ended up becoming violently ill and vomiting for hours into the evening. I couldn't take anymore painkillers because I couldn't keep anything down. Ended up having to use a suppository to get rid of the nausea/vomiting. Next morning I was able to eat cottage cheese, lunch was potato soup with gatorade, and snack was yogurt with applesauce and more gatorade. Dinner was potato soup and hardboiled eggs. I even ate dessert: blueberry cheesecake ice cream! Even though my stomach was better yesterday, the swelling and pain in my mouth has increased and it is extremely difficult to chew (this morning I had cottage cheese and mashed banana and it took me a half hour to get it down!) So far today has been the worst for swelling, hoping tomorrow will get better. Has anyone else had experience with brushing your teeth after getting your wisdom teeth out? As in, how many days after surgery could you start brushing again? Because I tried to this morning but I am very frightened of accidentally brushing too far back and developing dry socket.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Guinn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Guinn, I brushed pretty soon after (probably next day?) because I hated the coating that I could feel on my teeth. I just stayed FAR away from wherever the tooth had been removed (I didn't have 4 out at once - mine were all individually done). An alternative is adding a bit of mouthwash to your warm salt-water rinse - that at least will freshen your breath. Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I've just had 6 teeth extracted (4 wisdom teeth, and 2 broken molars next to the wisdom teeth) four days ago on Friday. 3 of my wisdom teeth had already came through but the last one had not. I also had to have stitches where the broken teeth were. Lukily I was put under through an IV during the operation and then I was also given Percocets afterwards. So far I have been able to eat soups, yogurt, pudding, jello, mashed potatoes, and oatmeal. I did have one milkshake through a spoon the very first day but I couldnt drink very much of it. Anyways, what I am wanting to know is other suggestions that I could eat as Im getting tired of the same thing everyday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Again, like many others, I'm so glad I found this thread! I had surgery to remove 4 wisdom teeth (2 impacted, 2 regular extractions) 5 days ago and reading this thread beforehand helped a lot! I have to first echo the advice of a lot of others, take the pain medication early and often. I had to keep a pad next to my pill bottle to record when I last took something, how many and then calculate when I could take the next. I would set a timer to make sure I didn't miss the next one. I also staggered my pain meds(hydrocodone) and ibprofen, if you are taking them seperately.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I survived on yogurt, chocolate malts and baked potatoes with butter and sour cream the first day. I iced my cheeks/jaw 45 min on and 15 min off for the full first day and had minimal "chipmunk" cheeks. The second day I ventured on to bananas, oatmeal, peanut butter straight off a spoon, re-fried black beans with cheese and sour cream, flaky white fish and another baked potato. The third day I discovered crescent rolls! I couldn't chew, but could nibble on them well with my front teeth. Helps that they are small too. You can change them up by baking them with jelly, nutella, peanut butter or any other kind of filling. I also did scrambled eggs, cream of chicken soup with crumbled crackers and frozen fruit bars. The third day I was really craving pasta, so we did some overcooked beef ramen. I also tried Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli. I used to eat it as a kid a lot at my grandmother's. It was nice to have some more meat for a change. I ate baked potatoes a lot. They were easy to cook in the microwave and easy to eat. Pudding was a quick snack and worked in a pinch when I just needed something to eat so I could take my pain meds. On the fourth night I was craving fast food, so I got chicken nuggets from McDondald's. Don't recommend them. The nuggets were too tough to nibble on. The fries were perfect though. I had my first spinach salad today, had to cut it up and eat it in very small bites though. Oh, Chicken Friand from La Madeline! I had that today for lunch too, although it's soft enough I could have had it several days ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I underestimated the recovery time. It took me a full 5 days to get back to where I could go to work. I'm still taking pain meds and I expect I will be for at least the next 2-3 days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best of luck with your surgery and recovery!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. My mom made pumpkin pie filling (like the pie with no crust) when I had mine out. It was fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. It's been over 4 years since your post and I hope everything came out well. I had the same procedure done. For two weeks I ate non-sweetened coconut milk/agar agar jello with organic peaches marinated in honey as topping. Sorry, it's probably not the food suggestion you wanted. However, there was no swelling, no infection, and I didn't need to take any medication. Also my skin was radiant for quite a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: veg out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pureed veg soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    salsa in plain yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Taco Hell pintos n cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    apple/carrot celery juice (skip ginger the first few days)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    apple sauce. Lots of apple sauce. Cinnamon after day one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Day three and I'm just now trying ice cream because temps far off from room temp have not been my friend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wasn't that hungry, so my partner coaxed me out to the living room and put on Food Channel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I just had mine pulled out yesterday. Dang! The roots had curves in them which made them harder to pull out. Mainly taking up yogurt and mushroom soup - which is satisfying. My concern though is getting the bleeding to totally stop. Although it's been lessened already, I need to know what to do in order to remedy it faster. Should I continue chewing on cotton or tea bags, or something like that. :)) Goodluck to those who are yet to have theirs. This might have been from 2007 but people continue to relate. Haha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Today's Saturday. I had my upper impacted wisdom tooth AND the tooth near it which had fractured and infected, removed on Tuesday. OW! Still waiting for dis-solvable sutures to heal/fall off. Tuesday is my follow up. So until then I'm sticking to the soft food diet. Better safe than sorry, as it's said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First I went crazy with mashed potatoes (Who DOESN'T like em? Not me, thats for sure.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After the second day, that became boring. I turned to V8 instead of coffee before work. And my roommate recommended a meal shake, Ensure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ice cream is incredible and thank heaven that I LOVE hummus. Grabbed a spoon and that was delicious. Remember no rice, small particles, coconut. I stayed clear of soda and anything with acidic base. Definitely recommend a multivitamin for the nutrition you might not be getting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And tonight I had (I know its not the BEST) White Castle Burgers. Pulled them apart and ate one small piece at a time. Definitely soft and will sate hunger. Don't forget warm salt water rinses afterward.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was rummaging the cupboard the other night when my hunger struck and lucky for me, my roommate has a food processor. Found canned peaches and put them in. Peach sauce. It was definitely good. There ARE some things that you can actually puree and not want to cringe at. who knew? Haha. Good luck everyone! :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I'm 25 and had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted, including 2 impacted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Day 3 and I'm still swollen, and biting the insides of my cheeks. No pain, no bleeding otherwise. My jaw is tight and I'm still unsure if I can eat more solids but I have a fear of chewing with anything besides my front teeth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Day 1: Wendy's Frosty, Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup in a blender (both were heavenly, despite unknowingly drooling my meal all over my chin while numb). Easy Mac & Cheese wasn't a good idea, too chewy but so delicious so I frustrated myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Day 2: Blended a homecooked meal of rice, meat, and split pea soup. BAD idea. Rice doesn't blend well so it created dangerously small chunks. Oatmeal was good. Jello & Vanilla Pudding are fantastic snacks - make sure you have plenty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Day 3: Smoothies are awesome, instead of using a straw I use a spoon and the cold was super refreshing. I ate a salted fresh avocado with a spoon and it went down super easy. Currently eating hummus with my finger. I was using pita but it grew hard once it got colder after I microwaved it. Going to try spaghetti tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And of course, swishing with salt water after every meal to keep it clean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Winners: Avocado + Salt, Smoothie, Blended Chicken Noodle Soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Losers: Mac & Cheese, Rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dependable Snacks: Jello, Pudding, Frosty, Hummus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dreaming of biting into a big, juicy burger.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I'm going to flat out say, NO SALAD. I had mine out when I was 16, and decided I was going to have a nice big salad. I went to clean out the "sockets" with the little syringe they give you, and nothing came out, so I figured I was in the clear. WRONG. I got terrible pain and inflammation a few days later and went back to my surgeon's office. They extracted so much salad out of my sockets, and it caused dry socket. That required them to pack the wounds with a disgusting clove gauze.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On a postive note, I worked at Dairy Queen back in those days, and the ice cream was great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I’m 19. I recently had five wisdom teeth removed, Three impacted, and two irrupted; yes I actually had an extra wisdom tooth. I hear it’s more common then you might think.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had local anesthesia the day of my surgery when I got home I was pretty out of it and slept a lot not wanting to eat anything. When I did wake up several hours later I tried eating some French onion soup but the effects of the anesthesia made me nauseous and threw up after a couple sips. I was worried about messing up my gums but I didn’t and I was okay after that. A little later on I tried eating again and had some miso soup. I felt soo much better after. The same day I ate ice cream, and tuna shishimi from the same sushi place where I got the soup, and fried tofu. It was soft enough that it didn’t require much chewing and was a good source of protein. For the next few days I ate mashed potatoes, soft bread, macaroni and cheese, lots of miso soup and ice cream; pudding, and French onion soup. The second day following my surgery I actually ate sushi again, tuna and salmon, this time with the rice. I looked it up and a lot of people talk about avoiding rice but I didn’t have a problem with it. I chewed in small bites towards the front of my mouth. I also might add that my bottom gums were stitched and my upper left as well, so I didn’t have very deep depressions for the food to get stuck in (guess I’m lucky). I also ate “Mexican meatball stew” which is a tasty recipe my mom makes with meatballs and veggies in it so it was plenty soft. Avocado is another good suggestion. I usually eat it on chips but decided it best to avoid any and all chips so I opted for it on top of a veggie omelet I made. (I sautéed the veggies before hand so they would be really soft). I was able to eat roast six days after my surgery but not well as I found it to be too chewy and gave up on it. I found it much easier to eat thinly shaved deli meats (I like pastrami). And milk was defiantly a good friend to me, both full of calcium and protein. I enjoyed drinking soymilk as well. Yogurt is another good thing to eat. I know that some people have more problems chewing then I did obviously, I did have a fair amount of pain for several days but I only took motrine. I didn’t need the stronger stuff they prescribed me and I’m not a fan of taking pills unless you NEED them. I did take the stronger stuff once because the motrine was messing with my stomach. (they say codine messes with your stomach too in the way that it makes you nauseated but this is not true for everyone. I’ve had surgeries in the past and never had any problems with taking it) but I realized afterwards I should have just taken Tylenol, since it’s in codine anyway. I did this the next couple days and then after found I could go without taking anything and my stomach returned to normal. I’ve been eating mostly normal now. It’s been eight days

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: miss_pixie08

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good post, miss_pixie! Hope you continue to post throughout Chowhound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. You'll be miserable any way you slice it. Since this post was a long time ago we speak to those about to rock. You'll eat whatever you can put down. Again you'll be pretty much miserable till they heal then it's feeding time at the zoo when they do. Had mine removed when I was 17. No big deal just a pain in the rear for a week or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: surfereddie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree with with surfereddie about being miserable to some degree for the first few days...I was 19 when I had my four wisdom teeth taken out, three of them being impacted in the gum. All I remember was that my mother drove me home (I had them taken out while at home during summer college break) and my father went in a separate car to pick up my prescription for vicodin. He came home with the medication about five minutes after the novacaine wore off - worst pain EVER. Make sure you take your pain medication before you start feeling the pain!!! Also, I opted to not be put asleep during the procedure - big mistake. I was scared to get the IV sedation because I had never had surgery before and was awake during the entire procedure - eight novacane shots total (2 for each tooth) and gas. If you have the choice I would personally recommend being put under so you won't remember a thing. The vicodin knocked me out cold - so much so that my mom had to actually help me walk to the bathroom because I could not walk by myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I ate very soft mashed up scrambled eggs between my front two teeth for over a week - and was unable to talk properly (had a hard time with the healing process) for about two weeks. It is SUCH a good feeling when things go back to normal and you can eat whatever you want. Good luck to everyone who has to go through wisdom teeth removals - and it seems just about everyone gets theirs removed now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *exactly what I said on this thread in Feb. 2007* STAY AHEAD of the pain! very important to have someone there with you to wake you up and force you to swallow the percosets or vidodins! Just a note: my middle son, 30, still has all of his wisdom teeth...weird but true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I think as a general guide for having wisdom teeth pulled is as follows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Follow the advice of your dentist. You might have sutures, you may not. You may have simple extractions (just to tooth pulled) or impacted teeth that require more work and incisions. How you deal with the aftermath often depends on how the teeth were pulled.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Two things to think about -- the area where the wisdom teeth were AND how your jaw feels. Often, the extraction site isn't painful but your jaw is. And vice versa. Its very individual.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. General guidelines are to eat soft foods that don't hurt your jaw and won't get wedged into the extraction site, and to make sure you don't rinse vigorously, you don't drink through a straw and you don't drink carbonated drinks. This is so that you don't dislodge the "scab" that forms where your teeth were extracted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. If you have trouble chewing because your jaw is super-sore, or if your extraction sites hurt and you have had 4 wisdom teeth our, a great solution is Ensure or other meal replacement drinks. Not Slimfast, but Ensure. An actual meal replacement. This makes sure you are getting all your nutrition in adequately with minimal chewing and minimal effort. Chowhounds, I'm not suggesting this is haute cuisine, so don't hate. As a post-surgical assist, may people find these invaluable in the short term. A person needs to make sure their nutritional intake is good to maximize their healing and this is one way to be (En)sure LOLOL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. For the week after, eat what you feel like eating as long as it is nice and soft and easily digestible. Yogort, milkshakes/smoothies, clear broths or cream soups without chunks, mashed potatoes, ice cream, anything that is SOFT. Heck, even pate, cheese, bread without crusts, whatever works for you. You aren't regulated to eggs and chicken broth, but if that is what you want, go for it. Just use common sense -- soft foods with minimal chewing and nothing that is sharp or jagged that can get stuck in the extraction sites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Stay ahead of pain -- take your pain meds for the first 3 days after surgery. Life will be easier if you stay ahead of pain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Go to your followup appointments, and call your dentist (or better yet, just show up) if you are in pain. If you show up in person and are in pain, it will be dealt with. If you phone, you may get the old "wait 24 hours and call me back".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Finally, relax! In the long run, it isn't a big drama so the more relaxed you are about this the better off you will be!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm glad I found this thread, This has been very helpful to me, granted I only found the CHOW forums through here after searching for recovery food on google, however, I had my wisdom teeth removed Monday, It's been quite a trip; To say the least.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristianJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had all 4 of my removed on last Tuesday, and on Wednesday i was miserable i spend all day in the bathroom vomiting i was not able to eat or drink for more than 24 hours, now i fell much better i'm starting to eat little but my left side of my jaw hurts a little bit .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. After 1 day of jamba juice and soup (do not suck using a straw!) I got sick of liquids really fast. By day 2, I insisted on eating mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and pho. It was kind of gross cleaning out the sockets in the gums, but being able to eat solids was so worth it! Cold treats feels good in the mouth like yogurts and pudding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Got 4 wisdom teeth removed last Friday morning. Got knocked out by IV and don't remember anything past the "Oh yeah I'm starting to feel tired" after they started the IV, and then waking up to gauze in my mouth and a bit of pain. From reading the posts on here, I came out pretty lucky when it comes to pain. I think I had 3 of the 4 impacted, but all I've taken in the way of medicine is ibuprofen, and I iced a lot the day of and a little on Saturday. As for food, I'm getting really REALLY fed up with eating mush. My typical diet as a runner (I run x-country, winter track, and spring track) is pasta, bread, bagels, pizza, etc. A lot of carb-filled grains. So having to eat yogurt, pudding, carnation instant breakfast, mash potatoes, apple sauce, and ice cream for days is becoming very frustrating. The doctor who took out my teeth said no to scrambled eggs, pasta, etc. so I'm sorta stuck with this til Friday when I go to get my stitches out and (hopefully) am given the okay to eat normal food again (or at least some semi-solids). I can deal with some purée food but don't really like the idea of eating mush-versions of real food. Any suggestions? I've seen the easy-mac idea but I'm almost sure that will be a "it's solid so no". T_T

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      P.S. I did mention I'm a runner. Yes I'm taking the week off from running so don't worry, I'm not as crazy as some runners =P.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Iggy95

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Suck it up! Do something else like mapping out different running routes on the internet. Reviewing new heart monitors or evaluating new running shoes. Don't screw it up just because you want pasta. It will pass soon enough and you can gorge to your hearts content.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nah don't worry. Even if I would be fine with eating some pasta, my parents are all over what the doctor said to eat. He said "nothing solid". So that means pured everything or ice cream and drinks =/ getting so tired of this stuff. But yes, as soon as I'm given to "go ahead", it's pasta heaven for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Iggy95

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i woke up to them pulling the last tooth ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Got three wisdom teeth pulled, today. Other one was pulled a few years ago because it was causing a lot of pain. One of them was really in there, but it was a smooth procedure, and I was under anesthesia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been okay so far - just been taking the standard Advil and T3's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What I have been eating so far, and what I plan to eat is:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Garlic Hummus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vanilla, Butterscotch Pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Unsweetened Applesauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mashed Potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lots of SOUPS - Lukewarm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Milkshakes & Icecream, sparingly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Greek Yogurt w Honey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carnation Instant Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nothing hot - only cold or lukewarm, and no straws.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monsterkookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You may want to hold off on the milkshakes, ice cream and greek yogort. And the puddings if they are made with dairy. Some schools of Dentistry teach that these products aka dairy products are mucous-producing and as a result, impair the healing process. Just a thought!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I got mine taken out yesterday and I've already managed to eat 3 hot wings, sweet carrots, mashed potatoes, ice cream and a soft shell chicken taco and I feel fine. I guess Im lucky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. i had mine out almost 3 days ago and i had sheepherders mullegen (potato soup) my father puts bacon onions and taters of course and i had to have him cut the bacon into little peices even though your told not to eat meat the protien makes you feel better also try some chiken noodle soup lukewarm and put the chiken between your front teeth to chew. i had to take a few vitamins because whenever i tried to eat anything the first day it would just regergitate and not a pretty sight as you all know and vanilla ice cream is good!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Alright, here's my intro:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm 25 and I got all four of mine taken out August 16th 2012. Bottom right one wasn't 100% surfaced so that was the most difficult one. I was knocked out for the procedure b/c I didn't want to be awake at all for any of it. I was so anxious for the two weeks before it but it really wasn't that bad at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I only had to change my gauze once before the bleeding stopped. I fainted and threw up my first night and then fainted again (managed to not vomit again though) the second night before realizing it was b/c the Vicodin was too strong... so I stopped taking it and only take the Motrin which is fine because my only pain is a sore jaw. I'm still a little puffy (day 5) on one my left side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, here's a quick list of the things I've been consuming the first two days:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * plain yogurt (regular and greek variety)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * applesauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * lots of ice cream!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * jello
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * juices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * flattened soda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Jamba Juice smoothies (no seeds, no straws, and very well blended!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * thin shredded cheese (can just put small amounts on your tongue and swallow it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * very tiny pieces of thin shaved turkey from the deli, just swallow it like above

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * whipped potatoes with gravy (I also mixed in canned french green beans cut up really small -- they soft enough to swallow)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * soup (mostly vegetable broth or cream of chicken) -- I also crushed up some saltines into like a powder and put them in the broth soup to thicken it up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * cornbread (no corn)... very small bites, kind of melts in your mouth but makes your mouth dry so you gotta drink a lot of water or juice with it to dissolve it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * cheese puffs (they dissolve in your mouth but be careful to get PUFFS and put small pieces in your mouth and wait until they soften)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Day 3 and 4:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * mac n cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * angel hair pasta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * about 10 very soft french fries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * one whole cheeseburger from In-N-Out! Took me an hour but it was so worth the sore jaw afterwards (plain cheeseburger, just bun, meat & cheese with some sauce, chewed with front teeth only)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * a Reese's peanut butter cup (small pieces just melt in your mouth)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * and still eating a lot of the foods from the first list...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't like pudding or oatmeal so I skipped those. And I looked at the baby food aisle but couldn't bring myself to buy anything from there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So there's my list! I found this thread extremely helpful and I hope my list helps someone else in the future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mina86

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, some other ideas too...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Laughing Cow cheese is really soft, doesn't require chewing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also put some creamed corn in my whipped potatoes which is easily swallowed without chewing. I also cut up some chicken thigh into really teeny-tiny swallowable pieces and put in my mash and was really nice to have the protein.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quesadilla, scrambled eggs, probably even eggs over-easy/medium cut up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I almost tried a tater tot last night but I was already eating whipped potatoes for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Avocados, hummus...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm really craving exotic foods so next I want to try getting some Indian curry sauce and put it over some really moist tender chicken or potatoes just to have the flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I bought popcicles prior to but I haven't had any yet. I didn't realize beforehand that I wouldn't be able to open my mouth very large post-surgery. Ha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mina86

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have had two erupted wisdom teeth extracted. One on Thursday and one almost two weeks ago and have had very little pain and no swelling whatsoever. Only minor discomfort. What has helped me the most is cold liquids I was told to drink a lot of water and I was also told I can have Gatorade. Thankfully my wisdom teeth came out without too much trouble. In fact, the first one I didn't even know it was even out until they told me it was out. Second one was almost just as easy and didn't take long. I am thankful for no sutures as they were both the gum line and not under. Makes things so much easier to deal with.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As far as food goes I have to be careful can't have dairy or eggs since they both bother my stomach. Have found creamy peanut butter has given me the protein I am craving but I am missing my grilled chicken and my salads. Liquids are key! I found soy milk also is also great makes me feel like I am getting some much needed nutrients.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with others when they say it all depends on how complex your case is. Mine was quite simple. With the extraction on the right side I only needed one of the prescription pain pills I was prescribed and the second one I have only need half of one with the second. I have only taken Advil as needed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also if you are allowed to eat before going to the the dentist, I recommend doing so, it really helped me out a lot as I wasn't able to eat anything for up to three hours after the extraction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dhenderson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for the protein/chicken drive, try using gravy over something like potatoes or the like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i wonder if soy grits are considered dangerous particulate...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. My surgeries were years ago but they were numerous and major; I was woozy for days after each procedure and was on soft foods for a total of several months altogether. So I had quite some time to develop methods for keeping myself fed, and satisfied.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of fluids helped me in the first day or two. So often we think we're hungry when what we really are feeling is thirst! Plenty of good quality springwater. Maybe some mineral water too (I found that mostly-flat Perrier gave me a noticeable lift about a half hour after drinking it, there's a certain balance of minerals there that my body must have needed, and this became more evident when I was eating less than usual- you might even find you can benefit from Vichy water or one of the imported waters that has very high mineral content, such as Gerolsteiner). Yes, those clear broths- homemade if possible. Gatorade too. Fruit juices, perhaps diluted a bit at first. Fresh lemon water, or lemonade or pineapple juice but only once you can handle that level of acidity. I was told it was best to avoid doing a lot of dairy for the first couple of days. And as others have said, no straws!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One thing I haven't seen mentioned among the many good suggestions so far is fresh vegetable juice. When one won't be eating salad for awhile that's a good way to get some live food into yourself. Fresh carrot juice is a wonderful tonic as well as a good source of vitamins and electrolytes. Maybe throw some apples in with it, or add some bitter greens- parsley, dandelion greens, etc, to help balance out the sweets you'll be indulging in for the sake of comfort. If you don't have a juicer it's well worth a daily stop at a juice bar- and drink it soon as you can, the fresher the better, preferably only minutes old.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another way to get veggies into you is one of the vitamins that feature greens as a component. I feel it's best not to rely on extracts- get one of the types that includes actual greens in their formula. There's one brand called Total Greens that takes whole greens and just compresses them into tablets or capsules: no vitamins added, just the greens themselves. I found the full recommended dose kept me awake all night (I'm sensitive to large amounts of iodine if I eat too much kelp or bluegreen algae), and settled on 1/3 dose. But I think it definitely helped me not to be going without greens. And the fresh carrots in the juice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course jello, then puddings, ice cream and shakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love mashed potatoes and managed to avoid getting too tired of them by making about a dozen different flavors using soup mixes/bouillons, flavor packets from ramen noodles, onion or garlic powder, blends like cajun spices or Montreal steak or rotisserie chicken, and/or minced fresh herbs. Dill weed and a spoonful of horseradish. Better Than Bouillon beef flavor and a splash of Worcestershire. Italian seasoning, Parmigiana, and mozzarella. Vichysoisse is another tasty potato treat, velvety smooth, cool, and decadently rich & satisfying. Don't overlook sweet potatoes, too -they're more nutritious than regular potatoes and a nice taste break also. Great mashed plain with butter or with a bit of brown sugar, but equally good with a little finely minced chipotle. Turnips mash well if you like those, perhaps a scrape of nutmeg. Any mashed starch can be enriched with buttermilk, cream cheese, or sour cream. Or creme fraiche/crema. Oatmeal's been mentioned of course, but keep in mind that there are many savory variations on that as well as the usual sweet ones. Including the custardy egg mix-ins which are not only filling but sustaining for longer periods, like lunchtime till dinner on a workday. And even before you can chew at all you can do couscous, pastina, actini di pepe or tiny alphabets with butter, and perhaps a little garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The blender is your best friend. Someone mentioned whizzing canned fruit. Smoothies of course, but none with tiny berry seeds. You can make a protein-rich cheesecake smoothie by adding cottage cheese. Another suggested blending chicken noodle soup; wish I'd thought of that right after my surgery! You can get a lot of protein and satisfaction pureeing various bean soups, and you can spice 'em up for the sake of your tastebuds, too. Speaking of legumes, FoodNetwork has a pretty good recipe for a pesto made from peas and mint (no nuts in it, and you don't need to put it on crostini like they did). I slaked my eventual spice cravings with takeout orders of palak paneer. Baba ghannouj and hummus have both been suggested already, I think... Guacamole and gazpacho are other good ways to feed your spice monster, once you can handle the light chewing they require. And they can be made pretty much non-chew if you need to. I did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Most meats and veggies will be tender enough to mash with your tongue against the roof of your mouth if you cut them fairly small across the grain and give 'em several hours in a slow cooker in whatever combination strikes your fancy at the moment. No corn, though. But once your sockets have healed over a bit you can do grits many different ways and get some corn like that- quick grits with garlic butter & soft cheese melted in are an easy tasty corn fix. Or a creamy 5-minute mock polenta with some nice Locatelli or Reggiano, maybe some powdered mushrooms...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And yes, all the great things one can do with eggs. Scrambled, softboiled, egg salad (chop those whites finely), souffles of various sorts if you feel a bit more inspired. Goldenrod eggs. Omelettes or crepes (chop those fillings finely) and soft French toast and pancakes once you can handle a bit of gentle jaw motion. Milk toast. Vienna sausages are a softer alternative to breakfast sausages. Many's the night I had breakfast for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And once you can step up to tender pasta, softer casseroles, and falling-off-the-bone braises the possibilities become nearly endless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's wishing a speedy- and tasty- recovery to all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Doing great here. Mouth not sore at all still taking it easy. Don't want to do anything that will cause trouble. My mouth is a little tender but that's to be expected. I only needed half of a pain pill the night the second wisdom tooth came out but since then I haven't had one and I haven't needed Advil either. I am so glad those teeth are out. I did have a few days where I couldn't open my mouth very easily so when I wanted to eat I had to tear small pieces off a little at a time but even that's getting easier to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I going to share my story , I had my 4 wisdom teeth 3 erupted and one partial erupted. Before I did the surgery I was freaked out from hearing horrible stories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 1: After I woke up from the surgery I didn't feel anything until I got home I started with shakes from McDonalds then went to sleep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 2: The sleeping was bad but no pain at all,however, the bleeding was bad ! I survived on yogurt and just had antibiotics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 3: Got more sleep, still no pain , and less bleeding. Ate smoothies and yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 4: Normal sleep, no pain, more less bleeding. Ate some soup , yogurt(sick of it !), noddles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 5: Normal sleep,no pain, almost stop bleeding. Ate Mc and cheese , noddles, pinkberry :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Overall it wasn't a horrible experience at all at least for my case! I didn't eat any prescribed painkillers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tea bags helped a lot for the bleeding , salt and water rinse(after day 1).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Conclusion, it all depend on your case.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sultanaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just had my last 2 wisdom teeth pulled this morning. I've been home, sleeping it off. I managed to take a Vicodin with a dunked and soaked cookie. I like all these ideas I've seen here. Creamy peanut butter is my favorite along with scrambled eggs...egg whites in my case. I just got some microwaveable baked sweet potatoes and I'm gonna try those soon. Grits and oatmeal are questionable, scared of the dry socket issue. Thanks much for this!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 21 years old, just took all 4 out today under general anaethesia. Woke up groggy and slightly nauseous, felt like my bottom lip was HELLA swollen when it actually wasn't - was just numb due to pain meds. Bottom half of tongue was numb while top half was normal, that felt quite.. interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Went home around 1pm, popped a tramadol and went to sleep. Woke up and had jook, an orange cut up into slices without the sides, just the pulp (if you get what I mean) and a thinly sliced mango since I can't open my mouth much at all. Was given antibiotics and mouthwash as well, used those afterwards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Had another orange and mango cut in the same way around 9pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just had a stitch come out but I don't think it's anything serious. Bleeding stopped already.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also I haven't taken any more painkillers because I've this masochistic urge to see how painful it can get. It's still okay now, I'm assuming it's because I'm chugging ice cold water. Probably going to regret this in the morning but.. meh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Going to avoid dairy, looking very forward to my soup with tofu and noodles tomorrow. VERY. I WANT SOME SOLID FOOD. Also planning to have some scrambled eggs and avocado.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also craving a nice big juicy steak now! I think most people are craving protein because that's what our body needs to heal =p

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: youngnsassy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've gotten my 4 taken out before. I definitely recommend scrambled eggs. My first meal, which was not made by me and I have no idea how I ate it with a numb mouth, was ortienal flavored Ramen. No clue how I handled the noodles and broth, but I do recall it being awesome! Maybe I will still a little "under".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I recommend a cold compress! I had a ice pack with a velcro cover to help wrap around things and had that wrapped around my face/head my first day and had no swelling whatsoever afterwards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I know this page is old right now but I figure someone will come around and view this like I did in search for advice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just had two wisdom teeth removed yesterday (The tops on July 2nd) and I am not experiencing half of what I am reading here. I believe I am having an easier time and I figured I would share my story for people who are also having an easy time because this is rather confusing to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yesterday, I went in for my extraction. I had not eaten anything that morning and my appointment was for 10am. I had my best friend with me because I was thinking this was going to be rough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was not under any anesthetic. I was given four shots of numbing around my wisdom teeth and was left to let them set in for about 20 minutes. When my dentist left, I had an anxiety attack because the entire back of my throat went numb and I felt like I could not swallow. With the help of my best friend calming me, I was ok in a matter of minutes, though I was shaking like a leaf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When my dentist returned, I was put back in the chair and he told me that there was going to be a heavy pressure on both sides. At this point, I thought he was placing clamps on my teeth to make the extraction easier. This was not the case. In thirty seconds or less, both of my back wisdoms were removed. He then placed gauze in the back of my mouth to stop any bleeding and I was able to sit up and leave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aside from the general having to bite down on the gauze and the taste of gauze and a bit of blood in my mouth, I had no discomfort or anything as I was driving home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I arrived back at my house, I was able to stay awake for a little while, speak to my boyfriend who was very worried about me, as I have never had any teeth extracted before, and have a little bit of water and ice cream before going to sleep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I woke up after a 6 hour nap (yes, I was that tired), there was no blood in my mouth and a very small pain in the roof of my mouth due to the needles my dentist used for the numbing. I had no swelling, no severe pain and no blood at all coming from the wounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I decided to stick with soups and ice creams for the time being, just to be safe. For dinner, I had mushroom soup, chewing the little pieces of mushroom with my front teeth only and swallowing gently as to not get anything inside of my wounds, and vanilla ice cream. After eating each, I rinsed my mouth out thoroughly with water and let the water fall out of my mouth over the sink. Even after eating, there was no blood in the water, and I could taste no water in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is now day two, and while there is still some tenderness in my mouth, and a bit of bruising due to the needles on the room of my mouth, there is still no bleeding or swelling. I was even able to eat a bit of solid food today for lunch. I again, rinsed my mouth out very well with lots of water and allowed the water to drop out of my mouth over the sink instead of spitting it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The only sucky thing right now is the fact that I want to drink from a straw more than anything in this world and being able to chew with my molars would be a dream come true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope everyone else has a relatively easy experience with their wisdom extractions. I know that they can be rather painful and take a while to heal. No dry sockets people! No dry sockets. <3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. This was also very helpful to me. I just completed a week on a soft diet following a complicated tooth extraction, and since it is summer, soups were out of the question. This is what I ate:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cream of wheat, yogurt, mashed avocados, mashed bananas, polenta with mascarpone (Food Network has an awesome recipe), salmon mousse, stewed tomatoes cooked until very soft, hummus, tzatziki, baba ghanoush, very soft buffalo mozzarella with pesto, pudding, cheesecake, ice cream. None of this got stuck in the surgery area, and was not spicy which can cause dry socket. Very dairy intensive, but good protein and without this I would starve. It worked out well and I did not gain an ounce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Hii, ill share my experience with you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had my four wisdom tooth pulled out today in the morning and i wont lie it hurts a little after the surgery but you can take painkillers for that. In my case im going to be a dentist and I know that Dexketoprofen is the best for me. I got IV sedation cuz I didnt want to feel anything or remember anything from the surgery (yes I was freaking out about it)-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So far I havent eaten anything solid only mashed potatoes, pear juice /very cold) and Gerber (dont know if you know about that but is baby food).It does not hurt much, very little when I eat and just get a loooot of rest (Im really enjoyin the whole pamper thing by my family)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hope it helps , I also did a lot of research before my surgery but it isnt as bad as it looks, the doctor took an hour to take them all out (very eficient) aaand I love IV sedation lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. First, thanks to everyone who has shared here. This thread brought me much pre-op comfort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had three wisdom teeth removed about 7 hours ago. Two totally erupted, one partial boney impaction. Full boney impacted tooth was left behind as oral surgeon said it posed no risk (and he was concerned about nerve damage). I went for full IV sedation. Woke up in a wheelchair. No memories from the time they inserted IV until they were wheeling me to the car.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doc said to get food and hydration immediately after surgery (before taking Percocet and Amoxicillin). My driver took me to Jamba Juice (she went in while I dozed in the car w/icepack alternating cheeks). Next thing I remember, I was at home in a partially reclined position (head elevated), gauze still in mouth. This was probably 1.5hrs since surgery. Removed gauze and used a spoon to drink the Jamba smoothie. I wanted a protein smoothie, but apparently the guy at Jamba had to modify it (to make sure there were no fruit bits or seeds). Make sure you get the protein powder boost in any case, as our bodies really do need protein to feel well. Following the smoothie, I downed a glass of water along with my pills. My doc sent me home with about 40 pieces of mouth gauze, which are to be changed out every 20 mins. My bleeding was so minimal, even on the drive home. I've just discarded the most recent mouth gauze, and there was hardly any blood. Still taste no blood. And no pain (thank you, Percocet).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other things I've eaten in the several hours I've been home:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - applesauce (I used a spoon to put sauce on my tongue, tilted head back, and swallowed. Really trying to avoid food contact in sockets this first day, as I'm not meant to rinse until 24hr mark).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - chocolate protein shake from Trader Joe's (can)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was instructed to eat only cold, soft food today, so the mashed potatoes will have to wait. Think I'm going to go for some Trader Joe's mango sorbet now. Maybe jello. Just keep it super easy for day #1 (but make sure you consume protein), and you'll be fine. This has been such a breeze. I feel like I'm at 98% 7 hours after the op. Age 28 btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I stocked up on lots of other foods pre-op. Will update to let you know what I eat and how that goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                God bless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted one week ago. All four had not come through gum or bone yet. They were tangled and everything wrong with wisdom teeth happened to mine. I haven't eaten much but it's pretty difficult to get down pudding or things like that because it spreads through your mouth and is hard to get down. I have discovered muscle milk has helped tremendously! I had dry sockets as well, It's not as painful as it is annoying, I am age 15 so my healing time should be better but that's counter-reacted due to all the complications, Also lots of beef broth, or soak a piece of bread in soup and eat that in SMALL bites! It does take a while to recover.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. i got all four wisdom teeth out yesterday afternoon under general anesthesia (i.v and oxygen tube in the nose and all that jazz) i woke up almost right after the surgery was over, or so i was told. i was disappointed that i was completely normal, was really looking forward to getting internet famous off of one of those crazy wisdom teeth videos! haha but i got home fine and sent my mother off to get me antibiotics, meds, etc. i have to rinse my mouth twice a day with quite an unpleasant prescription mouthwash. it's blue and it smells like straight up dentist (if you know what i'm talking about) which makes me lose my appetite. all i've been having is water because i'm scared that the sugar from juice or whatever will get stuck in the hole and give me dry sockets. today i ventured out to ice cream, which i melted in the microwave so it was just cream lol. also some mott's applesauce. will try mashed potatoes in the upcoming days. it is very sad to smell spaghetti and garlic bread in the house and i'm just sitting here drinking water... i take 3 advils every 6 hours although i'm not sure i'm even in too much pain. i must say i look pretty hot with my chipmunk cheeks. i'm 16 years old and i'm just kind of happy that i get to take the whole week off school, which is followed by a 4 day weekend!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I had a lot of mashed yams and peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. i am going to have all four of my wisdom teeth pulled and i do not know what to eat i have a couple things but i don't have much i am so scared what would it be like? how long am i out for the sugery?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: AnnaRae

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the experience recovery time varies for every person. i was very scared before i got all 4 of mine out but it went so much better than i thought it would. most people are pretty much back to normal in about a week. however, a week may feel very long especially with any pain and food cravings you experience. for the first couple of days eat cold liquids such as juice (no acidic ones like orange juice), water, non chunky soup, and melted ice cream. a good option is meal replacement drinks such as carnation breakfast, boost, or ensure. they provide you with many of the nutrients you will be lacking for the next week or so. make sure to always rinse your mouth with salt water after you eat something. be sure to drink lots of water throughout your recovery especially if you are bleeding to rehydrate you and keep you healthy. check up on your recovery sites every once in a while to see how they are going with the healing process. just go at your own pace with eating foods because it's better not to risk a dry socket infection. my dentist said to introduce soft foods like mashed potatoes, soft bread (no crust), and scrambled eggs on the 5th day if you are comfortable. you should be on this kind of diet until you feel like you can return to a normal diet. good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I am 47 yrs old. I just had my bottom 2 wisdom teeth removed 6 days ago. My left side seems pretty quiet. However, my ride side is raging in pain. I had a large cyst around that tooth and it caused issues. I was knocked out with an IV...Thank God.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The dentist had to scrape out the cyst. In removing it from the nerve, I received nerve damage. I can no longer feel my chin, bottom lip, or gums on my right side. This is more than likely permanent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since the extraction took 2 hours, I also have TMJ from my jaw being open so wide for so long. It makes me feel like my ear drum is going to explode. This could take a month to heal...or perhaps I may be stuck with it forever too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Everyone on here is lucky to not have gone through this misery. I'm on soft foods for 4 WEEKS or more. If I chew, I could break my jaw. That would mean 3 months of it wired shut. No way. I just want to feel my face again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So what soft foods do you eat continuously for 4 weeks? I'm already sick of pudding, yogurt, jello, mashed potatoes, and eggs. Ick. I'm tired of sweet stuff. I am on heavy duty antibiotics. My gums are still packed with medicated gauze inside. That comes out tomorrow. I'm told that won't be pleasant. Then I get to flush out the gums for 3 more weeks while they heal. All I can taste is the gauze. Every now and then pieces of it come out and I end up swallowing it. It's gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm starving. I don't like broths. I can't find anything else to eat that is salty tasting. Ugh. Just shoot me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CariEspinosa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sounds like an awful experience, sorry to hear about that! i've had a tmj problem for almost 4 years now and i can tell you it is not a fun thing. the only suggestions i can come up with is polenta or creamy tomato soup. shredded cheese maybe?? when i had my wisdom teeth removed my mother very kindly blended all of the food she cooked, including carrots, broccoli, and meat with sauce along with mashed potatoes. i felt like a baby eating baby food but it was better than plain broth and meal replacements. i wish you luck on your recovery!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I had mine out yesterday.. and I have eaten a lot of ice cream in the last 24 hours, but now I am sick of it. I also am sick of the smell of frozen peas because that has been what I have been icing my face with. Moreover, I really miss working-out (Sorry I am one of 'those' people).. so I hoping to work-out tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Besides ice cream, I recommend TJoes' miso-soup. It tastes hearty or other boxed broths. If you live alone, you might want to pre-make mashed potatoes and pre-purchase soft-foods because the medicine really knocks me out, and I have trouble staying awake during the day (although I am dead-awake at night).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last comment: it all wasn't bad. So if you're reading this ahead of time, and cringing about the procedure & week of not eating... I have little pain, the whole thing was over in about an hour and I didn't even believe them that it was over, and I have been able to eat a lot of soft cooked vegetables and even splurged on pre-made green juice because I feel like the truck-load of ice cream probably ruined my body.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Depending on how difficult the surgery is for you, this may be a non issue. I was out playing baseball 30 hours after I had my wisdom teeth removed. On the other hand, I have known people that were bed bound for a few days...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you find that you are in considerable pain I would go for things like split pea soup. It has a good amunt of protein so it will fill you. Yogurt is good...so is ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I baked squash and seasoned it mashed it up and added a garlic butter sauce that my family was having for diner. Scrambled eggs although chew really good add a soft cheese and cook slowly really tasty . Lastly a triple chocolate with ripe bananas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Revisiting this exceedingly lengthy discussion because my poor husband has a bad tooth... on day five of antibiotics now and he's doing better but as a diabetic a lot of the 'standard' options (mashed potatoes) won't work... I bought him special diabetic protein shakes, low-carb yoghurts, sugar-free ice pops, and loads of sugar-free jello and pudding... oh, and the 'natural harvest' unsweetened applesauce with other fruit in it, because plain applesauce is BORING! Also found that the crockpot is a life-saver - it turns practically any meat into incredibly soft melt-in-your-mouth meals overnight, so he doesn't have to chew them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I'm on the second day after my surgery and we've taken this whole diet thing as a sort of challenge. I had all four removed. My doctor said I have stitches in the lowers but not the uppers because tongues naturally seem to mess with the uppers and pull them out anyway. I was told to drink a 7up or ginger ale right after the surgery to help with nausea from the anesthesia. They said soft foods the first day at least but to try transitioning as soon as I felt ready because getting proper nutrients is important to the healing process. Yesterday I had a lot of pudding and lukewarm blended soup like carrot ginger with sour cream on top. (They said to avoid dairy if you're nauseous, and because narcotic pain perscriptions can make you nauseous but I'm doing pretty good with that). Today I had scrambled eggs for breakfast but they were a little too hard and some got caught near the back of my jaw. I used a warm saltwater rinse to get the bits out as suggested by my doctor. NO rinsing even with just water until after the 1st 24 hours. My favorite meal so far was dinner tonight. If you like tex-mex I had warm refried beans with cheese melted over it, a mashed avocado and sour cream on top. All super soft and pretty delicious together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I'm 56 and had two wisdom teeth extracted yesterday. I was terrified because of all the stories about how bad it is when you're this old, but I had a great surgeon, IV sedation, and so far it has not been that bad. I did eat a lot of fresh pineapple last week. I live alone, so I've gone for prepared foods for convenience - so far I've been doing Odwalla protein shakes and vegetable/fruit blend juices, Imagine non-dairy cream soups (mushroom, broccoli, red lentil), but also probably way too much yogurt and ice cream. Lots of water. Fingers crossed for no dry socket. Good luck to all of you, and if you're older but in reasonably good health, don't worry too much. Just do your homework and ask your surgeon and his/her staff all the questions you need to. Good luck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. When I had all 4 of mine out in my early 20s, my Mum cooked veal liver and chicken liver in her Vitamix and.made me liver mousse while I marathoned Sec and the City. Best 2 weeks ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also developed a taste for baby food during that time. It's cheap and healthy.