At Rockwest Dental office in Mississauga, we will always attempt to save a tooth through restorative fillings or other treatments before tooth removal. However, in some cases, a tooth is damaged beyond repair, and an extraction is necessary. In this scenario, we will carefully and painlessly remove the tooth. Tooth extractions may seem daunting, but they can transform not only your dental health but your overall health for years to come. In this blog, we’ll answer one of the most frequently asked questions regarding tooth extraction procedures.
When Can You Eat After a Tooth Extraction Again?
You can eat right after tooth extraction. However, you can only drink room temperature liquids and eat foods that require minimal chewing
What Can You Eat The First 24 to 48 Hours After Tooth Extraction
For the initial 24 to 48 hours following your procedure, chewing will be difficult and painful. The following are some examples of foods you can eat for the first two days after your procedure:
- Smoothies (avoid frozen fruit)
- Blended soups or pureed vegetables (ensure it has cooled to room temperature before consumption)
- Mashed potatoes
Please note you should also avoid any tobacco products or alcoholic beverages for the first three days after your tooth extraction.
What You Can Eat The First Three Days After Tooth Extraction
On the third day of your tooth extraction recovery, you’re able to add more foods to your diet. Before you move on to more textured foods, we recommend trying:
- Scrambled or chopped boiled eggs
- Baked potatoes
- Boiled pasta with sauces
If you can eat these foods with ease, you can try to eat harder foods like rice, steamed vegetables, chopped fruit and chicken breasts. For up to a week after your tooth extraction, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where your tooth was extracted. Ensure you’re properly cleaning the extraction site by gently gargling salt water, so no food debris enters the area and causes infection.
After a week, most patients are able to eat regular food, but you may want to avoid snacking on crunchy and chewy foods like popcorn, candy and tough meats for up to two weeks.
The Tooth Extraction Process
We’ll explain the tooth extraction procedure to help you get a better understanding of why it takes up to a week to eat normally.
- One of our top dentists in Mississauga will use local anesthesia, so the patient doesn’t feel anything.
- If the tooth hasn’t fully erupted through the gum or bone, we will cut away the tissue to make it easier to extract.
- We’ll get a hold of the tooth with forceps and gently rock it back and forth to extract it from the jawbone. In some cases, we may need to break the tooth and remove it in pieces.
- Once the tooth is removed, a blood clot will form inside the extraction site. We may need to stitch up the extraction site in some scenarios.
- The dentist will instruct you to lightly bite down on a gauze pad to help stop the bleeding and develop a healthy blood clot.
- We’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and send you home to rest and relax.
What is a Dry Socket
A dry socket is a painful condition that can occur if you don’t follow the necessary tooth extraction aftercare precautions. It occurs when the blood clot in your extraction site does not develop properly or is dislodged. You will have to book another appointment with your dentist to treat dry socket as it cannot be cured with home remedies. You may have dry socket, if you notice any of the following symptoms,
- Severe pain that isn’t alleviated by painkillers for days after the procedure
- Empty-looking extraction site or visible bone in the extraction site
- Bad breath, unpleasant taste, or foul smell in the mouth
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