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wisdom teeth removal and food allergies

So I need to visit the dentist soon for my wisdom teeth and a cavity and I'm scared out of my wits.
I know I can only eat soft food but I'm having trouble thinking of some with a list of food allergies.

I can not have:

I'm not allergic but,eggs and avocados make me gag extrememly so I tend to avoid them as well. I never realized until now how much the list kills soft food options.

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  1. You will be surprised how quickly you recover unless you are getting all four of your wisdom teeth taken out at the same time. During recovery you could just have your favorite milkshakes and fruit and you should be fine.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      I'm getting all four at once and I can't drink milkshakes

      1. re: scaredtodeath0

        Oh, dairy, that's right. Sorry. You could have your dentist just do two at a time. Unless you are really young and the teeth aren't well developed, having all four done at once is quite a project. Of course, if the wisdom teeth are not well developed you really don't need them out, unless there is some problem I don't know about. I had my lower two removed when I was in my mid-20s, but still have my two upper ones and I will be 60 this year.

        1. re: Tripeler

          No all mine are developed and showing through the gums and pushing my teeth crooked. I can't have taken out two at a time cause my dentist lives 3 hours away back home and my college only gives you 2 absences per semester before they drop you a letter grade per absence

          1. re: scaredtodeath0

            I had all 4 out at once when I was 27ish. 2 were impacted :( The first day or so, they were sore, so I stuck to pudding, soup, yogurt, anything soft. After that, I just ate whatever I usually ate (but did avoid spicy and salty things so not to hurt the sockets). It was fine. I just chewed with my front teeth and eating took awhile, but it wasn't an issue.

            Couple suggestions: avoid straws for a few days at least- my oral surgeon told me sucking can dislodge blood clots that are supposed to form. Also, ask if your dentist has a syringe with a curved tip. It was great for squirting water at the sockets and cleaning out bits of food. Also, maybe consider an oral surgeon? I get very nervous at the dentist and my oral surgeon was able to knock me out completely. The extractions were done in the office and I needed a ride home so it's no bigger deal than a dentist. I've had teeth pulled with just Nitronox (the gas) and I'll never do that again. Not terribly painful but quite anxiety inducing for me.

            Good luck!!

    2. Here's what i suggest, as this is exactly what i did when i had mine out. Go buy a few packs of Boost or Ensure(or any meal replacement) in your favorite flavor. Drink them for the first 3-4 days, depending on healing. I did this and mine healed very quickly(2 days) and i was able to eat soft foods after that. I also kept tea bags in the wounds and changed them every 6 hrs or so. It helped with the pain and promotes healing! Good Luck and don't be scared. It not as bad as you think it will be!!!

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      1. re: retloctt

        If I remember correctly ensure and boost have dairy and gluten in them.

        1. re: scaredtodeath0

          There is NO dairy in ensure. How would they keep it unrefrigerated on the store shelves?? Read the label. It clearly says it does NOT contain dairy. If you get the "clear" one, its gluten free. Have you heard of this amazing thing called "Googling"?? You should try it :)

          1. re: retloctt

            Yes I did Google ensure and in the ingredients it says contains milk.

            1. re: retloctt

              Retloctt - not all dairy is fresh and refrigerated. MANY products that seem like they're 'dairy-free' contain milk protein in them, including Ensure. It says it has no lactose, but that's not the same thing... if you have an actual milk allergy as opposed to lactose-intolerance, you couldn't drink Ensure. People with allergies have to read the labels VERY carefully before they buy anything.

              1. re: retloctt

                I'll offer your advice right back to you. Google IS a wonderful thing (you might want to give it a try!) and Ensure DOES include milk.


                Ingredients [–
                ]Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Pea Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Magnesium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Potassium Hydroxide, Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3.
                Contains milk and soy ingredients.; Contains Milk Ingredients; Contains Soy Ingredients; Gluten-Free; Halal; Kosher Dairy; Low-Residue; Not for patients with galactosemia; Suitable for Lactose Intolerance;

                1. re: retloctt

                  Also courtesy of this amazing thing called "Googling", Ensure Clear also contains whey, which is a dairy ingredient.


                  Ingredients [–
                  ]Water, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Whey Protein Isolate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, FD&C Red #40, Zinc Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, FD&C Blue #1, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.
                  Contains milk ingredients.; Contains Milk Ingredients; Gluten-Free; Kosher Dairy; Low-Residue; Not for patients with galactosemia; Suitable for Lactose Intolerance;

                  1. re: retloctt

                    Have you ever had Horizon milk? Definitely milk but also shelf stable. It depends on how it was pasteurized.

                  2. re: scaredtodeath0

                    Some varieties of Ensure have NO DAIRY. You just have to search. I was on Ensure for weight gain for years, and am also lactose intolerant.

                    1. re: nothingswrong

                      All of the Ensure products currently listed on their website contain milk products.

                      1. re: Chris VR

                        Well, that's interesting. Maybe they stopped making the lactose-free ones. Or maybe I was having ones with whey protein, which didn't bother me.

                        I remember some of the varieties did not have actual milk listed as an ingredient, but had milk "traces." For someone who is lactose intolerant, they weren't an issue, but with a true milk allergy (or for a vegan), it would be a problem.

                2. Welcome to CH!

                  Shakes made with soy, almond or coconut milk
                  Fruit and veggie smoothies
                  Frozen fruit Popsicles
                  GF oatmeal
                  Tomato soup
                  There are tons of GF/dairy free canned soups

                  I made a smoothie this am with frozen kale, ginger, peaches, cherries, blueberries and 1/4 cup of ground flax. Very smooth and delicious. Just remember NO straws!

                  1. i make a roasted cauliflower soup that should work.

                    1 large onion
                    1 bulb fennel
                    6-8 cloves garlic
                    1 head cauliflower
                    olive oil
                    salt and pepper
                    1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
                    2 bay leaves
                    pinch crushed red pepper
                    1/2 teaspoon ground fennel (optional)
                    1 quart chicken or vegetable stock

                    peel, trim and chop vegetables. toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. roast in 450-degree oven for 30 minutes. transfer to large sauce pan. add stock crushed red pepper, ground fennel and bay leaves. simmer for 30 minutes. remove bay leaves before pureeing.

                    if you want to include greens -- kale, spinach or escarole -- bring the pureed soup back to the boil, then add them. turn off heat, cover until greens are wilted.

                    1. Have you thought of asking your dentist. He kind of is in the field.

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                      1. re: beevod

                        good answer
                        i am a dentist, and the best advice i ever heard was, "take whatever you are planning to eat anyways and put it in a blender"
                        so if you wanted to eat a hamburger and fries, blend it

                      2. You can make milkshakes and smoothies with your choice of milk substitute just as well as with dairy... rice milk? almond milk? coconut milk? Bananas aren't on your allergy list - they add a chunk of flavour and calories to a smoothie. How about pears? Baby food in fruits that you are not allergic to? They have various special diet icecreams that may be suitable. Polenta? Broth? You are not going to starve to death in a week of soft food, even if you can't have dairy, gluten or nightshades... they don't recommend eating rice after wisdom tooth removal because it can get stuck in the holes, but rice milk is perfectly safe.

                        1. I had my four impacted wisdom teeth removed at the same time, went to work the next day. I had mine removed during the summer at home to avoid school conflicts

                          Chew with your front teeth

                          Clean your mouth and pockets with a water pic (easy ) or a syringe. (takes a while)

                          I wasn't hungry for a couple of days. I was about 20 years old

                          Tuna fish sandwiches and bananas

                          Eating was not a problem, pain pills were: bad dreams and a bad dopey feeling, after one day , I was off the meds

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                          1. re: Alan408

                            Yeah, it's not as bad as it sounds. And it sounds awful!

                          2. Lentils are super high in protein, and easy to make as well, although I wonder if there's a risk of them getting caught in the sockets.

                            One trick I've found with smoothies (which you can make with fruit only, or rice/almond milk) to make them more filling is to start with quick oats (make sure these are the gluten free version, most commercial quick oatmeal is not gluten free) and whir 1/4 cup or so in the blender, by itself, until it turns into a very fine powder. Then make your smoothie as usual, in the blender. The ground oats give the smoothie more texture and "body" and I've found they keep me feeling fuller, longer.

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                            1. re: Chris VR

                              I put cottage cheese into mine, blended until there were no trace of lumps... but the OP can't have dairy at all, so that suggestion won't work for her.

                            2. Pureed soups
                              soy milk based items like yogurt, ice cream pudding
                              refried beans/lentils

                              Depends on how bad they have to cut into your gums, but I've been able to eat a chicken sandwich after one tooth extraction, but after another, I stuck to refried beans and ice cream.

                              1. The best source of information is with your dentist/oral surgeon. I would not want my patients getting all kinds of info from the internet. They will give you a list of post-op instructions with details.

                                You can pureé anything you like and regularly eat. You can not rinse for 24 hours while the clot forms so forget any oral irrigation devices for at least a day. You can just lightly spit. They will give you gauze to gently wipe your mouth. Just lay low that first 24 hours and go from there.

                                Until the socket completely closes, avoid corn kernels, peanuts and such food that can get stuck in there and inhibit healing. I had to surgically remove a peanut that had become imbedded in the socket and the tissue grew over it!

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                                1. re: laraffinee

                                  "The best source of information is with your dentist/oral surgeon."

                                  General practice MDs get barely any training in nutrition, much less how to deal with patients with excessive food allergies. Do you honestly think that a dentist gets more? Those pre-prepared lists will depress the hell out of this particular OP (although the opiates may not).

                                  1. re: MGZ

                                    Actually, yes, dentists do in fact get more nutrition training than MDs. It is because the mouth is the beginning of the digestive tract and therefore considering important in the prevention of decay and the proper formation of teeth. Most are actually trained in basic nutritional counseling and there is even an insurance code for dentists to give nutritional counseling. Some dentists are more interested in it than others, just as some are more interested in crowns and bridges and other periodontal issues.

                                    1. re: laraffinee

                                      Given that my understanding is purely anecdotal, I'll accept that you're right.* I must admit, however, that it's hard to believe that every dentist trains in the complexities of the myriad food allergies that the OP suffers. I mean, that's not even remotely normal for any health care provider to come into contact with. It's certainly not, "basic nutrition".

                                      Then again, what the f*ck do I know, I got through four wisdom teeth abstractions at once with local some anesthetic, a script for percoset, a lot of rum, and days of ordering the turtle soup from the Hotel DuPont; even though my oral surgeon only suggested the first two. The worst part was all was having to discard those bloody cotton balls that still smelled of booze. The cleaning women in my building never looked at me the same again, but I billed seventy-plus hours that week, so I guess it was worth it?

                                      The bottom line, is, as I tried to suggest before, this ain't a one size fits all question. Moreover, it's not really a dentist question. The OP's scared and I doubt it's going to help when the hygienist offers a pamphlet on how to make a mushroom, avocado, wheat germ, and apple milkshake. I'm glad you have such faith in the American medical community's ability to consider all the allergic possibilities in a single handout, but I'm pretty agnostic when it comes to such things.

                                      Just for the record, in case what has come before was somehow buried in a way that was too opaque for so few as any one person to understand, let me be clear in my advice to the OP: Just get some calories and liquids into yourself for the first two days and I'll bet you'll be cool enough, soon enough to go back to your painfully restricted diet. Avoid what you already avoid and don't chew anything that hurts to chew. Hell, boil beef ribs and some vegetables while you watch the Matrix Trilogy and sip the broth for the next five meals if you have to. I promise, from experience, wounds heal and the sun eventually comes up.

                                      *I gotta tell ya, you almost lost me at "insurance code". There is no less helpful a phrase to a scared oral surgery patient than that. Except maybe, "Just ignore the rust" or "I'm sorry I've got to reuse these sutures".

                                      1. re: MGZ

                                        we don't train on nutrition much after dental school

                                        that's why the OP should take his/her regular diet and blend it

                                        no problem

                                2. I've had mine out but only one at a time so I don't know what all four will feel like. You may not eat much the first couple of days. You won't be able to use a straw, the sucking motion can make the holes bleed.

                                  Sux you have so many allergies.

                                  chicken broth

                                  fruit smoothy with no dairy. I make them with frozen fruit (mango, strawberries, pineapple) and add fruit juice, usually orange and pineapple juice.

                                  oatmeal made with almond milk, cook it until it's really soft and mushy, over cook it!

                                  broccoli bisque. Cook broccoli and onion in chicken or vegetable broth, puree in blender, season to taste. can make with carrots and ginger or any veggies you like.

                                  1. I had all four out at once. No pain at all. In fact the gas left me in a giddy mood for hours. I had all couple of bottleneck of pain meds in never used and was staving an hour after so in fried an Egg. Got some caught in the stitches so i had to fish them out with tweezers.

                                    1. I just got my wisdom teeth removed and I also am gluten free so I ate zen pudding its gluten free and dairy free and it taste pretty good, panera bread has a gluten free black bean soup but personally I don't like it I've also been drinking a lot of kelloggs breakfast shakes but that contains milk, Walmart sells a gluten free soup comparable to ramen noodles I think it's called Thai soup it's Asian it's pretty decent

                                      1. First day or so very cold or frozen soft foods are best.
                                        Smoothie of frozen banana, peanut butter and vanilla soy/almond/rice milk
                                        Sunwarrior and garden of life are two brands that make gluten free dairy free protein powders that you could add to smoothies.
                                        Many fruit based sorbets are both dairy and gluten free, or just blend together your own with frozen fruit- mango gets especially creamy.

                                        Grits, quinoa porrige, rice pudding made with soy/almond/non dairy milk.
                                        A baked potato with hummus or baked beans would be an easy soft meal.
                                        Trader joes has several gluten free pasta options that you could add to soups or have as is with pesto or a nondairy butter like Earth Balance.

                                        1. I had all four wisdom teeth removed at once, too. Unfortunately, mine became impacted. I survived on ice cream which has the additional property of being nice and cold. I would suggest non dairy ice cream. Good luck

                                          1. Have you had genetic testing or is this something a naturoptist told you?

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                                            1. re: law_doc89

                                              What does that matter to the question at hand?

                                              1. re: law_doc89

                                                Are you asking about my all allergies?

                                              2. 1) It's really not that scary. Promise. It sounds worse than the reality of it.
                                                2) There are still plenty of things to eat.
                                                *Make mashed sweet potatoes (or any vegetable you like to eat)
                                                *Butternut squash soup.
                                                *Pretty much any soup you can normally eat otherwise, but pureed.
                                                *Baby food.
                                                *Smoothies - the protein powder I use, Plant Fusion, is vegan and gluten free - buy a bag of frozen fruit (I wouldn't do strawberries or raspberries because of the seeds unless you plan to put your smoothie through a strainer first, but blueberries blended very well, cherries, peaches, bananas, mango, melon would all work). My standard smoothie is a scoop of powder, a tablespoon of coconut oil for extra fat/calories to keep me satiated, a cup of fruit, and a cup of almond/coconut/rice milk. You could also use juice (or even just water).
                                                *Vegetable or chicken broth

                                                1. Once you feel like chewing, probably day 2 or 3, don't have rice or peas. They are "soft" but they can get stuck in places you don't want them too. Trust me on this, I learned the hard way.

                                                  I would make a "milkshake" with a milk/frozen desert of your choice. Add some fruit for nutrition. It's only a couple of days, and I wasn't very hungry after. I drank a lot of ginger ale.

                                                  1. First of all, you won't starve, even with your limited food options. It's only a few days, anyway, so don't stress out. Puree berries and fruit juice into a smoothie, adding soy or almond milk if you like. This can be breakfast or a snack.

                                                    For other meals, cook some gluten free grain (rice is good) in beef or chicken broth and make a sort of porridge. Add some soft-cooked meat (lamb is delicious) and/or greens to make a complete meal.

                                                    You will only need to east soft foods for a couple of days. You'll live.

                                                    Oh, and remember not to use a straw, but your dentist will tell you that!

                                                    1. milkshakes can be easily replicated in a blender with frozen bananas and another type of "milk", be it soy, hemp, almond, etc.

                                                      if coconut is acceptable, many drinks can have that as a thick base. also, smoothies made with frozen and fresh fruit will provide much nutrition. cold can be soothing... but so can heat! plenty of soups can be made in a high speed blender, along with soothing teas.

                                                      highly recommend you look into raw foods/blender recipes and you will find that there are plenty of options without nightshades, dairy, gluten. there are lots of options all over the web. good luck. you'll do fine. don't let other people's experiences color yours - i've had mine out and lived. i've got terrible dental anxiety as well.

                                                      1. Remember in Scandal when Hawk removed the teeth of his former Gladiator with a plier?
                                                        Well, it's nothing like that :-)
                                                        I had all four of mine out (2 at a time - and they weren't "out" so it was surgery - and he had to cut them in two and take out each half separately) - and it didn't hurt at all during the procedure.
                                                        It wasn't painful during the recovery either, (probably because I took pain relievers), but I was very swollen for about 2 weeks (I know people who didn't swell at all and were back at work the next day). oh, and I lost a ton of weight because I had to pretty much live on pureed food out of a straw for those 2 weeks. It was pureed vegetable soup for me or fruit smoothies.

                                                        I hope you have an easy/fast recovery. Don't sweat it - it really is not bad.