When our doctors talk to potential wisdom teeth removal patients for an initial consultation, one of the most frequently asked questions they hear surrounds dietary restrictions during recovery. Because there will be mild discomfort, bleeding, and swelling after wisdom teeth removal, Chesapeake patients will need to restrict their diet for several days to protect their incision sites and allow for a successful healing process. Keep reading, and we will give you more diet tips after wisdom teeth removal.

Prepare Your Pantry Before Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

In order to encourage a successful recovery process after your wisdom teeth removal, it’s important that you head out to your local Chesapeake grocery to stock up on healthy, nutrient-rich foods, so you will have them on-hand and easily accessible during your recovery. When considering proper foods, our doctors recommend patients choose foods that maintain a balance of protein, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and carbs to help your body stay strong and able to recover well.

Immediately Following Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

When our doctors send you home after your procedure, they will require you to maintain a liquid diet for the first 24 hours. Even though a liquid diet is required during this time, it’s important to remember that you can still choose healthy liquids to consume. Consider the following types of liquid intake after your wisdom teeth removal:

  • Protein shake
  • Healthy smoothie
  • Water
  • Naturally flavored water
  • Puréed soup
  • Fruit juice
  • Vegetable juices
  • Bone broths
  • Vegetable broths

During the liquid diet portion of your recovery, be sure to avoid using a straw. Instead, use a spoon to drink liquids. The reason for this precaution is the sucking motion that occurs when using a straw can cause blood clots (which are needed for recovery) to dislodge. If this happens, Chesapeake patients may experience a painful post-surgery complication called dry socket.

Eat Soft Foods for Several Days After Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

Once you have passed the first 24 hours after your wisdom teeth removal, our doctors recommend patients maintain a soft foods diet for several days. Avoid eating crunchy, hard, spicy, or acidic foods after your wisdom teeth removal as these types of foods can irritate your surgical areas.

When preparing your trip to the grocery store prior to your surgery date, consider these soft foods:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mashed bananas
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Ice cream
  • Ripe avocado
  • Hummus
  • Boiled eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Flaky fish

For More Recommendations, Call Our Doctors in Chesapeake

At Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our patients come first. The primary focus of our doctors and our entire team is to provide the highest level of compassionate, high-quality care. From the first time you call to book your consultation, our team will treat you and your family like one of our own. Our doctors strive to provide exceptional wisdom teeth removal care in a comfortable and safe environment.

If you have any additional questions regarding dietary restriction after wisdom teeth removal, or if you’re ready to learn more about this procedure, call our office to schedule your initial consultation with one of our doctors at Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Chesapeake.

You can reach a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff by calling (757) 547-9725 today.