What can I eat after oral surgery?

Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure that involves the teeth, their supporting tissues and bone, or any of the soft tissues of the mouth.

After you have been through oral surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal, exposure of teeth, or surgical removal of a damaged or decayed tooth, we recommend that you rest for the remainder of the day. Also, be sure to avoid hot food and drinks for around two hours after the procedure, especially while your mouth is still numb. Once you begin to feel ready to eat again, it’s important that you maintain a healthy, nutritious diet to aid your recovery. Here are some ideas for a soft, but nourishing eating plan following oral surgery…

Soon after surgery…
After your procedure has been completed, you’ll need to stick to liquids and soft foods while your mouth feels tender and swollen. It is likely that you won’t be able to chew solid foods on the day of your oral surgery, so make sure that you stay hydrated with plenty of water. Incorporate other liquids like fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, and lukewarm soups. Try to avoid drinking too much sugar and opt for liquids that will keep you nourished.

As your wounds heal…
As your mouth begins to heal, it will become easier to eat small meals. Try and avoid acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes as they could irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. Onions, pepper, and some spices can also cause some discomfort. Stick to a soft diet while you recover to minimise chewing and any potential discomfort it may cause. Make your own soups with soft meat and vegetables and incorporate soft grains like oatmeal into your diet. Mash or puree your vegetables — potatoes and pumpkin work well in this form. As your swelling and tenderness subside, you can start to eat soft rice and pasta, as well as well-cooked vegetables like carrots and spinach. If you crave something sweet, try some well ripened banana, soft baked apples or applesauce, and some fruit yoghurt.

Don’t forget the protein…
A well balanced diet helps aid a speedy recovery, so don’t forget to include all the food groups in your post-operative eating plan. Consume the correct amount of protein by eating soft tofu, scrambled eggs, yoghurt and cottage cheese. If you eat meat, opt for soft fish or very soft stewed chicken or lean beef. Avoid tough meats that could cause you discomfort when chewing and swallowing. For your fix of healthy fats, consider including mashed avocados and nutritious oils like olive and coconut.

Stay away from…
It’s important to remember that your mouth may feel sensitive for a while following oral surgery. For this reason, you should avoid foods that are difficult to chew for around a week after your procedure. This includes tough meats like steak, as well as popcorn, potato chips, crunchy cookies, and crusty breads. It’s also a good idea to avoid spicy foods, as well as alcohol while you recover.

If your wisdom teeth are starting to erupt and are causing you pain and discomfort, or if you have a damaged tooth that needs to be surgically extracted, get in touch with us to arrange a consultation. We will advise you of the best treatment plan to suit your needs. While a dentist can often help, some cases are more complex and may require the assistance of an oral surgeon. We are dedicated to ensuring the very best care for each of our patients and have an experienced surgical team.

After-care is an important part of successful treatment. If you have any questions about what happens after tooth extraction, please feel free to contact OMFS today.

For a full list of the oral surgery procedures that we offer, have a look here.