The Best Foods to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

This question originally appeared on Quora. We’re sharing more tips here on the subject since it’s a fantastic question that’s often asked by our patients.

Getting your wisdom teeth pulled can sometimes be necessary for health or cosmetic reasons, and even though it’s not the most pleasant procedure, you can minimize the stress of it by taking the correct steps for a speedy recovery.

One of those steps is adequate nutrition post-procedure. After it’s done you want to be able to give your body nutrients to help the healing process. But how do you do that when it’s difficult to eat? There are a few options for picking the best food to eat after getting your wisdom teeth out.

1. You will have soreness for a couple of days after extraction which will make eating hard food difficult, so try to stick with liquids. It is important to keep your body hydrated and to consume nutrient-rich smoothies for a speedy recovery. Try the below anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe from @thefoodbabe. The ginger and leafy greens will assist with the healing process, meanwhile, the protein will help stave off the hunger.

Image: @thefoodbabe
  • 3 tablespoons Nutiva hemp protein powder
  • 2-inch piece of ginger (peeled if not organic)
  • 2 cups of leafy greens (kale, collards, romaine, spinach, chard, etc.)
  • 1 cup of celery
  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries of your choice (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, etc)
  • ½ cup filtered water

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 min or until smooth
  2. Serve immediately or store in airtight container for up to 1 day

2. You will get more swelling on your third day after the procedure, therefore we recommend sticking with soft food or liquids, such as soups and smoothies. Fruit and vegetable juices are a good choice since those are full of vitamins and antioxidants, but try to stick with organic ones. Try this recipe from @TheFlamingVegan

Ingredients: (Yields 1 liter)

  • 1 small beet (with beet greens if you can get them)
  • 1 wedge of purple cabbage (about 1/4 of a medium sized cabbage)
  • 1 lime (peeled)
  • 1 medium apple
  • 4–6 large carrots
  • 3 inches of ginger (or as much as you like)
  • 5 Swiss Chard leaves (any color or variety will do)
  • 1 handful of parsley (wrap parsley inside Swiss chard like a burrito for easier juicing)
  • 5 stalks of celery

Method

Add ingredients into your favorite juicer and enjoy over ice!

3. Once your swelling subsides, you can pretty much eat anything except hard or spicy food. If it’s still difficult to chew you can supplement with protein shakes, soups, or yogurt. You can start eating solid food whenever you feel that you can without it causing too much pain. Try this delicious and comforting soup recipe from @Slow2Burn. You can enjoy this type of recipe at any time, but it will be especially comforting when you’re recovering from wisdom tooth extraction.

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Carrots
  • 4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1½ Cups Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric
  • 1½ Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Fresh Ginger
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 4–6 Cups of Water

Garnish

  • 2 Large Fennel Bulbs
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ¼ Cup Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
  • 4 Tablespoons of finely minced Scallions (Green Tops Only)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Coat the carrots with two tablespoons of the olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Roast until tender, but not caramelized (to preserve the bright orange color), about one hour.
  3. When the carrots are done, turn up the oven heat to 400°F. Slice the fennel bulbs into thin slices and slowly saute them in three tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt until they begin to soften. Place the skillet into the oven and roast the fennel until it becomes crispy and caramelized (20–30 minutes). Set aside.
  4. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the pepitas. Toast in the skillet until they begin to brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, dice the onion and saute in a skillet with the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil until tender (about 12 minutes). Peel and mince the garlic and add it to the skillet. Cook until garlic is fragrant and begins to brown.
  6. Place the carrots and the onion mixture in a blender. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the water. Blend until smooth, adding water to thin to soup consistency.
  7. Pour pureed soup mixture into a soup pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add more water to thin the soup as necessary.
  8. Ladle warm soup into bowls and garnish with caramelized fennel, pepitas, and scallion greens.

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