When can you eat after wisdom teeth removal?
When can you eat after wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth have to be removed if they make a problem in the jaw. Removing wisdom teeth is unpleasant, but it’s not a big deal. It’s usually over in 20 minutes and you can go home, but when can you eat after wisdom teeth removal? What can you eat? Let’s see.

We don’t even have to remove impacted wisdom teeth if they don’t create a problem for us. When the wisdom teeth partially come to the surface, food and bacteria can become trapped around the teeth and gums, causing plaque to build up, which can lead to caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, soft tissue infections, abscesses, cysts, and other problems. Such problems can be treated, but when the problems become frequent, you need to remove a wisdom tooth.

Like other teeth, wisdom teeth can be removed simply or surgically. Before the removal itself, the patient receives an injection of anesthesia, and when the anesthesia begins to work, the tooth removes.  The procedure usually takes only a few minutes, but there are situations that it takes about 20-30 minutes to remove.

After removal of the wisdom teeth, swelling and discomfort can be expected. Swelling can also occur inside the oral cavity, but also on the outside of the cheek, as well as mild bruising. Fortunately, this is not an obligatory side effect, and in case it happens, it passes in 3 days to 2 weeks.

So, when can you eat after wisdom teeth removal? 24 to 48 hours after the tooth is removed, it will be safe for you to eat, but only soft foods.

What to eat after wisdom teeth removal?

When can you eat after wisdom teeth removal
Ice cream is an ideal choice to start with after wisdom teeth removal (shutterstock.com)

It is necessary to pay attention to diet after wisdom teeth removal. When the effect of anesthesia passes you can start with a light, soft diet. Chewing should be redirected to the opposite side of the place where your tooth is removed. Ice cream is an ideal choice to start with, it will cool the wound site, and it is soft and will not create problems when swallowing. 

In the first days after wisdom teeth removal, you should avoid everything that is hard, crunchy, crumbly, and hot. You shouldn’t avoid your meals, but you have to be careful about which food you choose. Ideally, the food should be at room temperature or cold, never warm or hot.

After the wisdom teeth removal, the discomfort from the procedure will certainly be alleviated by yogurt, smoothies, pudding, ice cream, jelly, or all kinds of soup. 

Taking food on a straw can only cause problems, as it creates suction pressure that can cause bleeding. It’s better to eat the normal way, just avoid chewing on a side where your tooth was.

You should not consume spicy foods, sticky foods, hot beverages, coffee, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. As the days go by, the diet can change from liquid and soft to semi-solid and solid.

 Smoking and alcohol should be avoided for a minimum of 24 hours after tooth extraction. The goal is to preserve the blood clot that protects our wound and not cause injury to the wound.