What Food Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Many people often wonder what to eat after wisdom teeth extraction. You will be in a lot of pain and discomfort, yet you’ll want to know what foods are safe for eating after the procedure. There are also some foods that should be avoided during recovery. It’s essential to follow the guidelines given by your dentist or oral surgeon so that you can heal properly and prevent infections or other complications. 

If you want to know what foods can be eaten after surgery, you should read this article. You will get some helpful tips on coping with the pain and discomfort that may come with tooth extraction. We also provide information about food restrictions and precautions for wisdom teeth surgery at-home care tips.

What Happens After the Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to emerge from your mouth; they are the third molars, and typically appear between 17 and 21. Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate wisdom teeth without affecting their other teeth. It can lead to a variety of dental problems. Common problems include overcrowding, wisdom teeth impaction, and receding gums. Hence, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) says these issues often require wisdom teeth removal.

The wisdom teeth removal procedure doesn’t have to be the problematic experience you fear, provided you act smart and follow your dentist‘s wisdom teeth aftercare instructions for a swift recovery.

Wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient surgery. You’d wake up in the dental chair if you had local anesthesia. If not, they might take you to a recovery room following your wisdom tooth extraction, where you will stay until you have recovered from your general anesthesia, then return to the dentist’s office for post-op instructions.

The day after surgery, you’ll slowly regain feeling in your mouth as you wake up from surgery. Some pain and swelling are normal. The first day of recovery will also include minor bleeding in your mouth coming from the extraction site. You can start using an ice pack on your face as soon as you’re able, but avoid applying direct ice as it will cause an ice burn. You’ll also be given instructions on when to take pain relievers or prescription pain medication. You may observe blood clots starting to form as they heal.

Learn More: Wisdom Teeth Removal: What To Expect Before & After Surgery

What to Eat After the Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

In general, you can begin eating normally within a week of having your wisdom teeth removed. But we recommend taking it easy and resting as much as possible for the next few days while doing some light activity every day. It includes getting up and moving around at least once an hour, drinking plenty of water, and following the list of foods recommended.

After the wisdom teeth removal, a healthy diet full of delicious, healthy, and soft foods is crucial to your recovery process. Following the suitable types of food-and steering clear of foods that can disrupt your healing-you’ll have fewer complications and feel more comfortable.


Smooth, pureed, warm soup is a great option to eat after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed. They’re easy to consume because they don’t contain bits that could irritate the area of surgery. Blended soups will also keep you hydrated during your healing time, which is highly essential.


Broths and soups are excellent sources of nutrients, including a variety of vitamins and minerals. Moreover, broths and soups can make staying hydrated more manageable if you find that drinking water is difficult.

It’s essential to consume the broth, either cold or lukewarm, to avoid inflammation.


Smoothies are a healthy and nutritious option to replace sweets such as jelly and ice cream. They should be an essential part of your diet, especially in the first few days after tooth extraction.


Many people have slightly higher energy requirements after undergoing major surgery. Hence, we recommend you try to eat high-calorie and nutrient-dense foods since they are vital for recovery. One example is mashed potatoes, which are a good alternative at this time.

Mashed Pumpkin

Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as minerals like potassium. These nutrients may help promote immunity, and that leads to a faster recovery after wisdom tooth removal. Also, mashed pumpkins have a soft texture that makes them easy to eat without irritating the extraction area.


Salmon is a rich source of protein and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients may reduce inflammation and aid wound healing, especially if you already have low levels of omega-3s in your diet.

Dairy Products

Soft foods like natural yoghurt and cottage cheese are best for your recovering mouth. But if you love eggs, cook them carefully with milk in ‘omelettes or pancakes to give you a boost of energy; together, they create calcium-rich meals that will aid your healing process.

What Can’t You Eat After the Surgery?

To avoid pain and common complications, you should steer clear of foods that can irritate your mouth. After wisdom tooth surgery, the most important thing to do is to keep the extraction site clean since it is vulnerable to infection, which means you need to avoid hot drinks and crumbly foods that can stay in the area.

Acidic foods and beverages

-avoid acidic and spicy foods like tomato sauce, coffee, carbonated drinks, caffeinated drinks, and citrus juice because they may burn the area after dental surgery.

Spicy foods

-Spicy foods can worsen the inflammation at the extraction site, which is often prone to discomfort and severe pain.

Alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic drinks will irritate the site of recovery and can discourage healing if consumed at all during this period. For many patients, doctors must prescribe pain medications which may react adversely to alcohol.

Grains like rice and quinoa

Sometimes, after you get dental surgery, the doctor will tell you to avoid eating solid foods like crunchy foods, grains, or anything seedy for several days. Because they are prone to getting stuck in wounds that can cause discomfort or infection. If this is the case with your dental procedure, be sure to drink lots of liquids so that you don’t develop dehydration symptoms like diarrhea.

It is hard to chew or swallow foods.

You should not eat chewy food for at least 24 hours following dental surgery because it may interfere with blood clotting after the procedure.

How Long Is the Recovery Time After the Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Recovery varies from person to person, and the ability to eat after surgery also differs depending on the type of wisdom tooth surgery. Days after surgery, people should avoid eating for the next few days to prevent complications. Eating can be introduced gradually to determine the tolerance of food textures and pain levels.

The pain, bleeding, and swelling are usual symptoms following a tooth extraction, but symptoms should improve after three days. It is expected that all the pain and bleeding will be gone within a week of surgery. Generally speaking, it can take up to two weeks to fully recover from having your wisdom teeth removed.

Learn More: Wisdom Tooth Infection: Risk, Symptoms and Treatment

Final Thoughts

There is a genetic element in deciding whether or not we’ll have problems with our teeth as adults. Still, this can be mitigated mainly with good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing daily, avoiding excessive sugars that erode tooth enamel, and opting for healthier eating habits.

You should avoid biting down on anything that might be too hard for seven days (including ice), so when in doubt, it is best to avoid chewing until the pain subsides completely. It means no bread, cut vegetables, or crunchy fruits like apples for at least one week. Eating these types of food will boost your energy levels and aid in recovery after surgery.

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.