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Feb 18, 2009 01:28 PM

Wisdom teeth removal - Food help!

Hi fellow CHers

I'm getting my wisdom teeth removed in a week and I could use some ideas on what to eat in that magical 3-5 day period afterwards! So far I have ice cream and mashed potatoes....and cheese.

I think there may already be a thread on this, but any suggestions would be very welcome!

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  1. There have been a few threads that you'll be able to find with a quick search.

    To get you started:
    cream of wheat
    pureed soup
    egg salad
    creamed spinach
    mashed avocado

    When I had mine taken out I was in so much pain that I was pretty drugged up for a few days. All I managed for at least the first 48 hours was to get down a some jello or pudding that I had made before going under the knife and then go back to sleep for hours.

    Also, keep in mind that in addition to difficulties in chewing, you may have trouble opening your mouth much. I remember thinking I was going to be able to get an egg salad sandwich on soft bread down, but i couldn't open my jaw enough to get my mouth around the sandwich. I had to squeeze bits through and finally ate the egg salad with a spoon.

    1. Actually, there are several threads I think on this topic! Just search and you'll find.

      I know I was flying high (laughing gas) when I got all 4 of mine out....but I look back on it pretty positively! It allowed me to lose a couple pounds by just sitting around and doing was the best diet of my life. I will say my mouth just felt odd for about a week. I didn't really have any pain. Didn't sleep the first night from bleeding (sorry) but everyone's different. The uncomfortable part for me came with the stitches, I'm very sensitive with things in my mouth and they just felt odd there when I was eating or drinking.

      Here was my diet for 1 week:

      Guinness beer. I kid you not. I drank 3 a day. Guinness has a great amount of nutrients and iron, which everyone needs because there's always at least some blood loss. Although, I don't recommend this if you are on medication. Proceed with caution. I was done on my 2nd day so I was able to drink them.

      Shakes. I made every shake that I could think of. Always threw in a banana and peanut butter for extra protein.

      Broth. Had made some chicken and beef broth and basically just drank it throughout the day.

      Applesauce was great for dessert or snack.

      I too had mashed potatoes. Although I also seem to remember they were too stiff and drowned them in gravy. I also remember that I actually *drank* the gravy! Yes, it's true. I must have been starving...

      Whatever you do STAY AWAY FROM SEEDS! You don't want the holes infected.

      Good luck with everything! Stay positive!

      1. Smoothies: frozen bananas, oj, and your choice of frozen blueberries, strawberries, cherries, mango, blackberries, pineapple, etc.

        Carrot juice

        Apple cider

        Almond mylk or hemp mylk


        miso soup

        herbal tea

        9 Replies
        1. re: lgss

          With due respect to Raquel's post above, as a dentist, I cannot recommend the consumption of alcohol. That, along with smoking and drinking through a straw, causing suction, is the most common cause of "dry socket" whereby the protective clot is lost and significant inflammation occurs. Stick to lots of non-alcoholic, nutritious liquids, soups, simple pasta, etc.

          1. re: markabauman

            Thanks for the replies everyone. Lots of great tips, I'm making a 'special' grocery list now!

            1. re: markabauman

              grits and cream of wheat are also able to cause serious issues if one of those grains get down into a socket. Not worth the trouble. I'd also stay away from strawberries and blackberries. Lots of little seedy things in those. Mashed taters, mac& cheese. Day 1 for me was pudding only. (Enzymes in yogurt are used to tenderize meat. - Yogurt will STING if any touches the wounds.)

              Chopped up cooked chicken into very small pieces, and mixed it into mashed potatoes on day 2. Able to swallow without chewing, and it really felt like good, substantial food. Luckily after a few days, I was able to open my mouth wide enough to eat semi normally (no big sandwiches, or burgers - just normal fork foods.) After about a week, I was completely back to normal. From what I hear about "dry sockets," you want to do anything and everything to avoid them.

              1. re: markabauman

                Actually, it was my surgeon that recommended the Guinness, doc! So, why no alcohol? I don't get how that could lead to "dry socket" and I was quite well aware of that problem; I never did use a straw for anything and am a non-smoker. As far as I know, alcohol wouldn't do that... But please, do tell.

                1. re: markabauman

                  Can I take the gauze out to eat or do I have to keep them in? How long after surgery can I eat? Had them taken out this morning and now my tummy is growling and I have no idea what to do.

                  1. re: featherver

                    These are questions you should ask your doctor, not strangers on a Food board. (Yes you take the gauze out to eat or drink.)

                    1. re: featherver

                      Yes remove gauze to eat. Refer to instructions page from your Dr. Usually only cold or room temp foods for a day or two- not hot!!
                      Cold yogurt, ice cream, or super smooth smoothie with a spoon-no straws for a few weeks.

                      1. re: featherver

                        You're better off leaving the new gauze in place. I had mine removed a few years ago and you need to be careful when eating so as not to re-open the wound. Find something soft and high in protein to keep your hunger at bay. Eat quickly, rinse your mouth and put in a new gauze.

                        Take your pain pill and go to bed.

                        The tough part about dental work is you're immediately on a diet.

                        I just had a root canal a month ago - was great for the first 2 days - but day 3 and 4 were 2 days of constant hell and unbearable pain.

                        Be careful, take your meds and give it a few days to return to normal. Ice cream helps - delicious and good source of protein.

                    2. re: lgss

                      I had 3 removed one afternoon and returned to work the next morning.
                      I was cautious but ate quite normally at once.
                      The 4 th. tooth is still in place terribly impacted but for 40 years has been no problem.
                      People experience this sort of thing differently.
                      I found the extractions like 2 root canals, nothing at all.
                      Hope you do as well.

                      1. I ate...
                        ice cream
                        mashed potatos (I made a HUGE batch the night before)
                        banana shakes (NO berries--the seeds can get stuck in your socket)
                        cream-based pureed soups

                        That was the first few days, after that I had microwavable mac and cheese, and microwavable risotto (microwavable because I wanted it as soft and mushy as possible--not as good, but easier to eat)

                        Just remember--NO straws, sucking, cigarettes, booze, or anything that might make the "plugs" come out of your sockets--dry socket is supposed to be extremely painful. Also, carefully swish your mouth with warm salt water--it will make the healing process fly by! Other than that, rent some movies, pop some vicoden, and relax! If I could do it again, I would!!

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                        1. re: schrutefarms

                          Also, forgot to mention that I also had laser whitening the day before-so everything had to be colorless, as well. And Billieboy, that is HORRIBLE!!!!