“What can I eat and drink after my wisdom teeth extraction?” is one of the most common patient questions before the removal. It’s also a question that can lead to a major stock-up of foods and drinks so you are ready before the day of the extraction. Asking about wisdom teeth removal foods should be just one of several questions you should ask after choosing the right oral surgeon. In addition to foods, patients should also ask their surgeon:
- What kind of anesthesia is used? Can I eat or drink before the appointment?
- Can I take my normal prescriptions on schedule (before and after the wisdom teeth removal)? If not, how should I alter the schedule?
- Are there any non-prescription drugs I should avoid before the surgery?
- What time should I arrive the day I get my teeth removed? How long does the wisdom teeth extraction take? Can I drive home?
- When should my ride come to take me home?
- What supplies do I get the day of the extraction? Do I need to purchase any supplies?
- Are there any prescription or non-prescription drugs I need after the wisdom teeth extraction?
- What should I expect for recovery time?
- When can I go back to my normal activities?
- Do I need to schedule any follow-up appointments or procedures?
What soft foods are okay to eat right for after wisdom teeth removal?
Foods You Can Eat Right Away
- Ice Cream (Without the Candies)
- Beef Broth
- Mashed Potatoes
- Soups (Without Chunks of Chewy Meat)
- Bananas (Mashed)
- Cottage Cheese
- Hummus (Without Chips)
- Pureed Fruits and Vegetables
- Coffee (Lukewarm)
- Tea (Lukewarm)
Foods You Can Eat 24+ Hours After Removal
- Instant Oatmeal
- Scrambled Eggs
- Soft Pastas (i.e. Ramen Noodles)
Can I drink coffee after wisdom tooth extraction?
Yes! Coffee lovers can enjoy a cup of coffee, but ONLY if the coffee is lukewarm. Patients should avoid drinking the coffee (or any drink) through a straw. The suction from drinking through a straw can cause a painful condition called dry sockets.
When can I eat solid foods after wisdom tooth removal?
Patients can usually eat solid foods approximately one week after the procedure (ask your surgeon if this is the schedule you should follow). If you have any questions about your recovery or care instructions after a wisdom teeth removal, don’t hesitate to contact your oral surgeon.