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wisdom teeth - experience preferred

so BOTH of my boys are having their wisdom teeth pulled next week (i'm calling us the House of Pain) and I'm not worried about them having ENOUGH to eat because I'm a walking advert for Blendtec and all it can do (love my blender).. however, wondering if anyone would like to recommend any recipes in particular that you found most satisfying during this time. Hot or cold? sweet or savory? i'm putting no restrictions on them: if they want a blended burrito, i'll figure a way to do it!

all i'm asking is what was your favorite thing during this time when you KNEW you couldn't chew.

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  1. I've heard of killing two birds with one stone when it comes to chicken pox - but wisdom teeth surgery?

    signed, I'm in my 40's and still have my wisdom teeth. They proved problematic for a few months, but before I could deal with it, they retreated and have not been a problem.

    Cauliflower and Parsnip mash.

    1. If the former conventional wisdom still holds, a key point is to *NOT* use a straw to drink liquids. Creating a vacuum in your mouth will be disruptive to the wound. They should also lay off the cigarettes for the same reason.

      My thinking is to get the most nutrition into them with the least disruption. Full fat dairy comes to mind. This might be a case where sugar is better than starch, because it is water soluble and doesn't need to be digested in the mouth. Have them *gently* rinse with salt water after eating.

      Pain is good. It will keep them from doing risky things which may lead to setbacks and much more total pain (physical and financial).

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      1. re: johnseberg

        So true about not masking the pain.

        1. re: Bellachefa

          this. Follow the dentist's recommendations absolutely to the letter -- if either of them end up with a dry socket, they'll swear they'd have to get better to die. It's a horrible complication, and the most ridiculously incapacitating pain I have ever been in (and that includes root canals, broken bones, and surgery)

          1. re: sunshine842

            Yes, times about a million, on the no straw. I followed the doctors orders and still ended up with two dry sockets. (Dentist told me it happens in around 5% of cases, even when you do everything that you are supposed to.) The first time I went to get them packed (the only way they will heal) it hurt so much that I passed out and woke up on oxygen.

            Because of the dry sockets and some other complications (I have a very small mouth and the surgeon actually sprained my jaw) I was on soft foods for about three weeks. I used a baby spoon because I couldn't open my mouth far enough for a real one. I ate a ridiculous amount of pineapple sherbet. Mac and cheese - the boxed kind. The nice homemade oven mac and cheese had too much of a chew to it for me. I overcooked the pasta a bit as well to make it easier. Lots of mashed potatoes and butterscotch pudding.

            I did not eat many soups - they tend to have very small pieces of veggies or rice that got stuck in the holes in my gums too easily and were hard to get out even with an irrigating syringe.

        2. re: johnseberg

          brilliant thanks for the straw info especially!

        3. It's been a while, but I remember that very cold didn't sit well the first 24 hours. I preferred warm or room temp.

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          1. re: hippiechickinsing

            that sounds so obvious... but i never would have even THOUGHT to offer room temp food! thank you so much!!

          2. For the first 24-48hrs cold or frozen foods are best, then room temp or chilled but nothing with steam or hot for a while.
            There are tons of threads will soft foods and blendable ideas.
            ***be sure they have some kind of snack or smoothie etc with any rx pain meds! Do NOT take on an empty stomach****
            The only thing worse than being in pain and cranky is all of the above plus getting sick from meds on an empty stomach. Ask me why i know this.

            A very simple delicious smoothie meal is chunks of frozen banana, a gob of peanut butter, vanilla ice cream or yogurt and a splash of milk to blend.

            Within 3 days or so soft foods like scrambled eggs, room temp oatmeal and cooked well pasta will be managable.

            These threads have tons of great ideas, still valid years later....
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/373812

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/276325

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              thanks ttrockwood - already hitting those threads!

            2. For me, I was only in pain for the first day or so and it was really discomfort more than pain. No straws, of course, but other than that I ate whatever I felt like. It just took awhile. I avoided super spicy or salty things- no chips and salsa, for example. It's not really the big deal I thought it was going to be. Make sure the debris or oral surgeon gives them syringes with a curved tip- essential for cleaning out the pockets after a meal!

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              1. re: Hobbert

                I had all four done at once, in the doctor's office. I survived but barely. I remember eating ice cream and yogurt, but not much else, for around a month. Just to coat my stomach so I could take the pain pills.

                1. re: coll

                  Wow that's rough! Sounds like I lucked out. Sorry to hear you were in pain for so long.

                  1. re: Hobbert

                    There were slight complications, like a nerve that was tangled around a root; but I was young and survived it all in the end, thanks. I was expecting to go back to work the next day, silly me.