You probably have gone through or planning for any oral surgery like teeth removal and so you have a couple of questions going in your mind. The very first question is when can I start eating after tooth extraction.
Most of us, our either foodies or having an addiction to drinking or smoking. In this article, I am going to share complete information that will surely answer all your related questions going in mind.
- When can I eat after tooth extraction
- What to eat and drink after tooth extraction
- What not to eat after tooth extraction
The Process of Tooth Extraction
1. Depending on the type of extraction whether it is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction, the dentist will first use anesthesia to numb your mouth. Once you start feeling numbness extraction of the tooth will start.
2.The dentist or oral surgeon first enlarges the socket before removing it from the ligament and then from the socket.
3. You won’t be feeling pain because of anesthesia, but if you feel then do not hesitate to tell to the dentist. After extraction, the socket will be open and the dentist starts the recovery work by putting gauze to stop the bleeding and closing the space.
4. Once everything is completed, you won’t be feeling any pain and there would be swelling for which a dentist will give you an ice pack. Now depending on the type of surgery and anesthesia, your dentist will also answer your question that when can I start Eating after Tooth Extraction.
When can I start Eating after Tooth Extraction?
Taking care of teeth and following dentist instructions after a tooth extraction is as important as wisdom or teeth removal.
Depending on your surgery and the type of anesthesia dose given to you it may take up to 30 days to recover your teeth from pain and swelling. During this, there are different phases that will give you an idea of what to eat and what to not.
For the first 24 to 48 hours you should avoid eating and can have liquid food like soups, yogurt, and cereals.
If I talk about eating then numbness in your mouth may take up to 5 hours and during this, you don’t have to eat or drink. Once numbness is gone you can start with liquid food and then with soft foods.
What to Eat After Tooth Extraction
As discussed above that you should avoid eating and drinking for at least 24 hours. After 24 to 48 hours you can start taking liquids like applesauce, yogurt, and cereal.
I know that varieties of foods are going in your mind that you want to eat but you want to confirm first.
I am making it easier and dividing these food types into different phases. I will also try to cover all the food here on the list..
Phase 1:- From Day 1 to Day 2
Now from day 1 to day 3, you should avoid solid food as much as you can, as operated jaw and gums may bleed. These foods are easy to chew and also contain vitamins, fiber, energy, and protein.
Day 1:- Food you can take
Keep in mind that try chewing and having all these foods from the opposite side of extracted teeth.
Day 2:- Food you can take
- Blended soups
- Ice-cream (Plain with no crunchy chips)
- Mashed bananas
Phase 2:- From day 3 to 10
Day 3 to 10:- Food you can take (Make sure they are warm and not too hot)
- Mashed Potatoes
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Scrambled Eggs
- Cottage Cheese
You can also start brushing and flossing teeth, but keep in mind gently and avoid the extraction part.
Phase 3:- From day 11 to day 15
So far I assume the extraction part will be in a good recovery stage and a clot will be formed on it. So now depending on the recovery, I would recommend that you should go for a visit now to your dentist.
Let the dentist analyze your recovery and consult him whether you can have solid food now or not.
Try avoiding very solid foods for another few days and meanwhile you can continue all the diets of phases 1 and 2. You can have semi-solid foods like pancakes and soft fruits.
What not to Eat after Tooth Extraction?
You cannot miss this part as this is also important to know what to avoid and not eat during these days after wisdom teeth removal.
What to Avoid after Tooth Extraction
There are a couple of things you need to strictly avoid after tooth extraction. Check the list below.
- Avoid straw
- Do not eat from the extraction site.
- Forget smoking and drinking
- Avoid solid foods
- Don’t drink hot liquids
- If you rinse your mouth, then try very gently.
What not to eat after tooth extraction
Probably you may not like this but you are not allowed to eat this below stuff at least for 15 days.
- Solid fruits
- Spicy Foods
- Crunchy and Crumbly food, seeds, and grains
How can I make my Tooth Extraction Heal Faster?
Though above instructions on When can I start Eating after Tooth Extraction? And what to eat and what to not will surely help you to heal from tooth extraction faster.
But still, there are a few more tips and remedies that can be a booster for recovery.
- Apply Ice:- Applying ice on the treated area is the best remedy to quickly heal the tooth extraction. Apply ice gently to your mouth for 15 minutes at least twice a day.
- Be easy at home:- During the recovery time avoid all physical activities, rest as much as you can.
- Follow your dentist Instructions:- Do all that your dentist has prescribed and suggested like eating antibiotics at the time.
- Avoid Solid Foods:- Avoid solid foods at least for 15 days.
- Brush Gently and keep your mouth clean:- After 2 days you can resume brushing your teeth. Rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to drink after Tooth Extraction?
Milk, non-acidic juice, and Gatorade will be the best option to drink. Along with this, you can also take protein and milkshakes. Avoid alcohol and a hot drink.
Can I eat bread after tooth extraction?
NO, you need to avoid stuff like bread, muffins, toast, sandwiches, for at least 10 to 15 days. I guess for most of the people asking when can I start Eating after Tooth Extraction is because they want to eat bread stuffs.
How long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat normally?
You can start taking liquid foods like yogurt and applesauce immediately but for the normal foods like solid foods wait at least 15 days.
After choosing the right dentist for the tooth extraction it is also important that we choose the right food to eat and food not to eat.
So far I have given detailed information on When can I start Eating after Tooth Extraction, what to eat and what not to eat. So I am very sure that you love your teeth and will not try to harm the extracted part.
Still, if you have any doubts or questions do let me know in the comment box and I will try to answer you as soon as I can.