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Mar 8, 2007 12:29 PM

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