What to eat after a dental extraction


What to eat after a dental extraction

After a dental extraction, medium to lightly textured soups like tomato soups and other purees are good meal choices. Because they do not require chewing and have no pieces that could become trapped in your dental sockets.

Smoothies and protein shakes made with milk or juice and some protein powder can be included in your diet to provide nutrition. For your safety, however, do not use a straw to drink your smoothie or any beverage. Because the suction can dislodge the clots that form over the exposed sockets.

Best foods to eat 0 – 2 days after dental extraction

It is best to stick to soft foods up to two days after a dental extraction. This is because most people will be feeling very tender and sore after the surgery. The following foods can be consumed the entire way through your recovery.

Note: Do not consume hot foods immediately after surgery. As your face will still be numb and you may burn yourself. Wait at least an hour before trying warm foods.

Some food to eat 0 – 2 days after dental extraction

  • Frozen or normal yogurt sans fruit slices or nuts
  • Jello
  • Ice cream / Sorbet / Milkshake
  • Lukewarm soups
  • Pudding
  • Eggs
  • Soggy cereal (Like oatmeal)
  • Well cooked pasta

Food to eat 2 – 5 days after dental extraction

From day 5 after your dental extraction, you should be able to start enjoying hot and warm food items. By the second day, the blood clots will be more stable and less likely to resume bleeding.

Eat any food that requires minimal chewing like the following:

  • Bread
  • Frozen or normal yogurt with fruit slices
  • Pasta
  • Noodles
  • Soft vegetables 
  • Ground beef
  • Chicken
  • Mincemeat products
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Soups

Food to eat during your final recovery period (> 5 Days)

At this point, you will probably be starting to feel ready to test out your mouth on some different foods. Depending on how easily your teeth were extracted will depend on how easily eating harder foods will go. In this stage, you may feel free to eat anything you are comfortable with. 

Remember, this is only a guide. if you don’t feel comfortable eating the suggested foods then please continue with the previous stage for as long as you need.

Food NOT to eat after teeth removal

  • Almost anything hard
  • Chewy foods
  • Very hot foods
  • Seeds or Nuts
  • Rice
  • Popcorn

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