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Oral Surgery recovery food (a plea)

Yesterday, I went on an all-day adventure with my new friend, the periodontist, who sawed-off 3 teeth, uprooted 2 more, removed 3 crowns, did a bone graft and a sizeable skin graft (with skin carved from the roof of my mouth), and installed an 8-tooth temporary bridge. I woke today with a purple face twice the size of the one I remember, and a whole lot of throbbing. On the bright side, Oxycontin has got visions of great creamy soups into my head, and fabulus yogurt smothies (I will spluge and include Greek Honey yogurt from TJs), and a tableaux of puddings. The current Bread Pudding post is timely and I am looking forward to other fabulosities likely. Thank you for helping me complete a survey of the soft, yielding foods of Seattle.

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  1. Tofu would be easy for you to eat too. Could you handle a hot and sour soup perhaps? While you're at TJ's, they have various kinds of hummus - if your bread was soft, that would add some protein to your diet. Good luck!!!

    1. Congee or juk would work well I'd think. Miso soup with soft tofu would be good also, I'd think. Best of luck with the recovery!

      1. Check out this VERY recent post about tooth extractions and what foods to eat:


        1. I know this is going to sound gross...but my brother in law just died from cancer of the throat,...he was limited in what he could chew, masticate and swallow...just about any food that can be blended(chicken cacciatorre...stews ...anything at all that is boneless)Will taste just like the food before it was blended...just a bit different texture

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          1. re: nyfoodjoe

            This was going to be my suggestion as well. After an oral surgery I had, my mother blended chicken, broccoli, and mashed potatoes, with chicken stock, all seasoned as usual. It tasted exactly like a chicken dinner. Of course, it takes some time to actually want to eat anything, but sustenance is important.

          2. You probably know this but I will mention it anyway--avoid sucking on straws! I had four dry sockets and you don't want them. I went for ice cream and sorbet when I was recovering, becuase the cold was soothing. Honestly, I slept most of the time, and lost a lot of weight before I started eating much though. I hope you do better! I've also heard that fresh pineapple helps the wounds heal.

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            1. re: amyzan

              amyzan Wrote: "You probably know this but I will mention it anyway--avoid sucking on straws!"

              Somethings I do understand as my one Dentist (many years ago) told me it was ok to use straws, but the straw needs to be bridged between the tongue and the roof of my mouth. (All in the draw technique, however I naturally perfected that because of already sensitive molars and wisdom teeth)

              My more recent Dentists and ENT Drs. won't spend the time in explaining the straw technique but tell everyone to avoid them period. Too many lips-on-straw drinkers to change patents habits on. Likewise not many people can use a straw with their mouth open, like I can.


              Edit : ENT = Ears-Nose-Throat


            2. I have had 4 gum surgeries and feel your pain. Yogurt is obvious, but you get ill after a while. It's a great excuse for ice cream and milkshakes, and the cold definitely is soothing, but anything kind of mushy works- mashed potatoes, soft fruits, oatmeal, noodles if you can. I also was able to eat shredded pieces of chicken, fish is good, and so is tofu. You kind of have to test slowly and then see- after a few days it gets easier. In fact, I was definitely pushing it by the 3rd surgery, but still lost weight!

              1. I like grits. You can add butter, cheese and even eggs. All soft, some good vitamins, and very tasty.

                1. You want to get the best nutrition in to help speed the recovery. Within the first half-day of the surgery, all I was able to get down was broth, butternut squash soup, and pudding. By the next day I was pureeing EVERYTHING I could get my hands on. Black bean soup in the blender, peas and broccoli with cream in the blender, ect. Try to find nutritious foods and if its not disgusting to make into a soup, do it.

                  1. You will undoubtedly recover MUCH faster than I did, but a million years ago, when I was a teen, I had the same kind of surgery. After 2 weeks of drinking milkshakes/eggnogs, I was dying of bland. My very good friend went to pick up my favourite Chinese food dishes and then blended each one INDIVIDUALLY for me, serving them up in fancy dishes. That was (gulp) 40 years ago and he is still a very good friend whose kindness I have never forgotten. We still get together for Chinese food once a year and I buy.

                    1. I made post oral/op hubby some dynamite soup by getting an order of refried beans and albondigas soup at our local restaurnat, then blending till smooth. It was heaven! I've used it since as a bean dip by straining out some of the broth for the right dipping consistency.

                      1. Don't know if this stuff is available in all areas, but there's a bottled water flavored with peppermint, called Metromint. I've had friends recovering from oral surgery who swear by it. There's no nutritional value, but it's really cooling and refreshing and gets rid of the yukky taste of stitches, etc.

                        1. On January 18, 2007 I posted a query "Cancer Treatment + Radiation = Mouth Sores" on the Home Cooking board and received a lot of great ideas from CHs.
                          If I knew how to cut & paste the post I would, but you'll have to do a search instead. Pradon my techno ignorance.
                          Good Luck

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