Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that emerge in your late teens to early twenties. They are located at the back of the dental arch, and due to the lack of space, they can sometimes grow at unusual angles or only partially emerge. When wisdom teeth grow abnormally, they are referred to as impacted and often require surgery to remove them.
After having your wisdom teeth extracted, it is essential to look after your oral health and get the correct nutrition. A good diet provides the necessary nourishment, aids in reducing swelling, and helps wound healing.
Pureed soup is the go-to food for any recovery process. You don’t need to chew, and the range of ingredients and flavors adds variety to your meals.
Opt for soups made with bone broth or natural stock to benefit from added nutrients like collagen, which can help with healing. Always serve soups lukewarm or cold to prevent heat from causing irritation or bleeding.
Greek yogurt is high in protein to aid in the recovery process. The smooth texture and cool temperature can help soothe swelling and tenderness around the surgical site.
Greek yogurt is also high in probiotic microorganisms and zinc, shown to speed up the wound healing process.
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduces inflammation and aids in healing your wounds.
Salmon also has a soft, flaky texture to protect the extraction site from damage. Steam or bake a salmon filet and serve with vegetable mash for a nourishing, satisfying post-surgical meal.
Fruit smoothies are an excellent substitute for solid meals. Highly versatile, rich in vitamins, and easy to consume, you have a choice of fruits and vegetables to add to your smoothie to match your nutritional needs. Add protein powder to help repair your vulnerable gum tissue and fight off infection.
However, never consume smoothies through a straw after surgery. This creates negative pressure inside your mouth, which can dislodge the blood clot and cause a condition called dry socket. Serve your smoothie in a bowl instead.
Eggs are one of the best options to eat after having your wisdom teeth extracted. They are high in protein and essential fatty acids to nourish your body for protein synthesis and cell renewal. Scrambled eggs are soft enough to prevent irritation to the open socket and are easy to chew and swallow.
Bananas have many health benefits and contain many healthy minerals and vitamins, including manganese, folate, vitamin B6 and potassium. Blend mashed bananas with yogurt, ice cream, or vanilla pudding for a delicious post-surgery treat.
This low-calorie, high vitamin option is jam-packed with protein and aids in wound recovery. Cottage Cheese is creamy and soft, putting less pressure on your teeth while you chew.
Support Your Body During Wisdom Tooth Recovery
Contact Valley Dental Care of Plainfield at (815) 436-6800 to learn more about what to eat after having oral surgery and arrange a dental check-up to monitor your progress after a wisdom tooth extraction.