Common oral surgery procedures such as tooth extractions, wisdom tooth removals, and the fitting of dental implants require you to watch what you eat and drink after the surgery — but choosing the what food you can eat and drink after oral surgery can challenging. Since you might be temporarily incapacitated after your oral surgery procedure due to anesthesia, it is possible you will not be able to drive or travel to buy food. Be sure to prepare ahead of time by purchasing foods that you will be able to eat in the days, and sometimes weeks, after surgery. Although your oral surgeon will take you through the basic foods and beverages you are allowed to consume, consider this guide as a checklist of what to eat and, more importantly, what not to eat.
Drink waterStaying hydrated is crucial after any major or minor surgery. Sip on a little more water than your normal daily amount to flush food particles away from the affected area. Drinking fluids following oral surgery will also speed up the healing process and help to prevent conditions like dry socket. However, when drinking liquids, do so by sipping on a cup or bottle. Do not use a straw, as the suction could dislodge any dressings on the wound.
Foods to eatDentists recommend soft foods that are easily ingestible. These include:
- Creamy soups and broths
- Ice cream
- Mashed potatoes and other vegetables
- Scrambled Eggs
SmoothiesAlthough smoothies are a great option for your recovery period, steer clear of blending fruits with small seeds. Blackberries and strawberries have seeds that can get stuck in open wounds and cause complications. Also, consider adding protein powder to smoothies for a nutritional boost.
Mashed vegetablesMashed vegetables such as peas, carrots and butternut squash are a soft and nutritious substitute for carbohydrate-heavy mashed potatoes.
YogurtGreek yogurt is a healthy food that is high in protein. The protein kicks your recovery into high gear and aids in healing. It is also a great source of vitamins and minerals like zinc and calcium.
Foods and beverages to avoid
- Crunchy food
- Spicy foods which can aggravate the wound