Surgical Extractions

Best Foods to Eat After Extraction & Oral Surgery

So, you just had a tooth extraction or oral surgery and you’re wondering what you can eat to aid in your recovery. We’ve got you covered! At Gramercy Dental Center, we highly recommend a diet that is both nutritious and comfortable to eat. The right foods will help speed up the healing process, minimize discomfort, and prevent complications. We’ll share our top recommendations for foods that are safe and beneficial for post-extraction or surgery.

Your First Day Home

The first day after your extraction or surgery is crucial for the healing process. During this time, it is important to stick to a soft food diet to avoid hurting the extraction site. Some recommended foods include smoothies, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup. You should also avoid foods that are too hot or cold as they can cause sensitivity and discomfort. Your mouth is most sensitive at this point, so start slow and take your time.

A Gradual Progression After Two to Three Days

After two to three days, your mouth will start to feel better and you may be able to introduce more solid foods into your diet. We recommend a gradual progression into these foods, starting with well-cooked and soft options such as pasta, scrambled eggs, and steamed vegetables. It is important to chew on the opposite side of the extraction site and to take small bites to avoid any further damage.

More Ideas for a Comfortable Diet

In addition to the above-mentioned foods, there are plenty of other options that you can incorporate into your post-extraction or surgery diet. Some other recommendations include oatmeal, pudding, smoothie bowls, cottage cheese, and protein shakes. Tender or shredded pork and chicken can also be worked in as protein sources. It is important to avoid any acidic or spicy foods and drinks as they may irritate the extraction site.

Symptoms of Complications

While most people have a smooth recovery after a tooth extraction or oral surgery, some may experience complications. It is important to be mindful of any abnormal symptoms and to contact our team immediately for an emergency appointment if you are concerned. Some symptoms of complications include excessive bleeding, swelling, fever, and prolonged pain. By being aware of these symptoms, you can take proactive steps to ensure a safe and healthy recovery.

A Better Diet for a Healthy Recovery

At Gramercy Dental Center, we prioritize our patients’ comfort and safety during and after dental procedures. By following a diet that is nutritious and easy on the extraction site, you can speed up the healing process and prevent complications. We hope that our recommendations have been helpful and informative in your post-extraction or surgery journey. Feel free to reach out to our team for further guidance on the best course of action for your specific case.