When Can I Start to Eat Food After My Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

When Can I Start to Eat Food After My Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Have you recently gone through or are about to get wisdom tooth surgery at DK Dental Care? In this case, you might be wondering how soon you’ll be able to resume normal activities and a normal diet.

While every person heals differently, it’s important to understand the average wisdom tooth healing timeline and know how to prepare to help your body successfully go through this process.

Keep reading the article to learn more:

Wisdom Tooth Removal: Average Healing Timeline

You should know that healing after a wisdom tooth removal won’t usually present intense symptoms like pain or swelling. 

The first few days often present the most discomfort, after which your symptoms will gradually reduce.

Here’s the average wisdom tooth removal healing timeline:

  • First 24 hours: You won’t experience any pain right after the surgery as you’ll still be under the effect of the local anesthetic. Once it wears off a few hours later, you can start to feel some pain, and the extraction site may also swell or bleed. This is perfectly normal and not usually a cause for concern.
  • 24-48 hours: Your discomfort can peak during this window, and it’s important to care for the extraction site properly by eating softer foods and avoiding strenuous physical activity;
  • 48 hours–1 week: The extraction site continues to heal, and most patients can go back to their normal diet around 7 days after their extraction.

What Can You Eat While Healing from Wisdom Tooth Removal?

For the first 2 days or so, you should eat softer foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, such as:

  • Apple sauce
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cream soups
  • Ice cream, etc. 

When you start feeling better, you can add harder foods back into your diet; however, you shouldn't go straight to hard and chewy foods like steaks or hard bread crusts.

Start with slightly harder foods like pasta or boiled vegetables and gradually introduce harder foods. Be sure to chew on the other side of the mouth and monitor how your body reacts to your diet. If you are experiencing pain or notice mild bleeding, go back to softer foods.

Other tips that can help you support healing at this time include:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid spitting or drinking through a straw
  • Keep your mouth and extraction site clean
  • Avoid physical activity for 2-3 days, and slowly resume your regular activity
  • Take OTC pain medication like Ibuprofen to control pain and swelling
  • Reach out to your dentist if you notice your symptoms aren’t getting better

Wisdom Tooth Surgery at DK Dental Care 

Is your wisdom tooth causing you trouble? See Dr. David Keeling for an appointment and learn if you need an extraction.

Request a visit to DK Dental Care online and stop by to discover your options.

Have more questions? Then don’t hesitate to call us at (414) 529-3253 for a short chat.

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