What Is Safe to Eat After Oral Surgery?

Whether you’ve just had your wisdom teeth removed, a dental implant placed, or a different oral surgery procedure, we expect you’ll want to do everything you can to promote a smooth recovery. Our team will provide you with detailed instructions after your surgery, but there are a few basic things you can do to make the healing process easier on your body, such as getting plenty of rest, keeping your surgical site clean, drinking plenty of water, and eating a nutritious diet. In fact, your diet after oral surgery can make a huge difference as you recover, so today we want to share some tips that’ll have you feeling better in nearly no time!

    Aerial view of a coral colored smoothie in a short clear glass on an off-white counter

  1. Stick to Soft Foods
  2. While our team will do everything we can to ensure your recovery is as comfortable as possible, you may experience some pain or tenderness around your surgical site. To avoid irritating the area, stick to foods that are soft and nutritious, such as smoothies, yogurt, mashed sweet potatoes, bananas, beans, and other easy-to-eat options. Treating yourself to some low-sugar ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sherbet may help ease soreness with their cool temperature.

    Aerial view of a green broccoli soup next to a cluster of broccoli and leeks

  3. A Soup-er Recovery
  4. Broth-based or vegetable-packed pureed soups, like broccoli soup or tomato soup, are superb food options during recovery because of their nutrient content and texture. Since you won’t have to worry about chewing, you’re less likely to disturb your extraction site. Before your oral surgery, we recommend making a big batch of your favorite soup to enjoy during your recovery.

    Aerial view of a cluster of colorful striped straws that are bad for recovery after oral surgery

  5. Avoid Straws
  6. Whatever you do decide to eat and drink while you recover, avoid using straws until Dr. Hendrix gives you the go ahead to do so. The suction from straws can disturb the delicate blood clot that forms over your surgical sites that are important for healing. If these blood clots dislodge, this can result in painful dry sockets, a common complication after oral surgery.

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Although no one looks forward to oral surgery, modern dental technology and our skilled team mean that recovery is quicker and easier than ever before. To ask our team any questions about oral surgery or recovery, or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today.

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