Whether you require a wisdom tooth extraction or an infected tooth pulled, no one looks forward to oral surgery. It’s important to keep in mind that it’s necessary to eliminate tooth or jaw pain, prevent decay and infection and avoid overcrowding. To speed up the recovery process following your procedure, you will need to be careful about what you eat to avoid irritating or infecting the extraction site.
After you’ve had a tooth or multiple teeth removed, you must avoid certain foods that will lead to swelling, irritation and infection or that are difficult to chew and swallow.
Here are some kinds of food you should not eat after tooth extraction:
1. Spicy Foods
Sorry, lovers of hot food! Spicy foods can lead to pain and irritation, so it’s best to avoid them for up to ten days following your tooth extraction procedure.
2. Acidic Foods
Foods high in acid like citrus fruits, including oranges and grapefruit, may cause irritation and sharp pain in the wound..
3. Crunchy Foods
Do not eat crumbly foods like granola, crackers or cookies. Bits of these food items could get stuck in the extraction site and disturb the healing process.
4. Grains and Seeds
Tiny grains like rice or quinoa may seem okay to eat as they are soft, but like crunchy foods, they can get lodged in the extraction site and disrupt healing.
5. Chewy Foods
Chewy foods like pizza, jerky or candy need to be avoided because you may end biting your tongue, lip and cheeks while the sensation in your mouth is numb.
6. Alcoholic Beverages
Don’t consume any alcoholic beverages during your recovery period as it can not only lead to irritation in the extraction site but also have a negative interaction with the medication prescribed by your oral surgeon.
7. Drinks with a straw
Although it may be tempting to drink a smoothie through a straw while you recover, avoid it at all costs. Straws can lead to a dry socket due to the suction created in the mouth. When a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms to protect the socket and prevent infection. A dry socket occurs when this blood clot is dislodged or dissolved. It is a painful condition that will delay the healing of your extraction site.
8. Smoking and Tobacco Products
Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products for up to a week following your tooth extraction procedure. The act of smoking and the ingredients in tobacco products can critically increase your risk for complications.
- What Is A Wisdom Tooth?
Wisdom teeth are also known as “third molars.” A lot of us have four of these teeth at each corner of our mouth behind our molars. These teeth grow at the back of the gums and are usually the last teeth to erupt at the age of seventeen. Wisdom teeth often emerge at uncomfortable angles or only partially erupt through the gums due to the lack of space in the back of your mouth. It is necessary to get your impacted wisdom teeth removed to avoid issues like infection, crowding and misalignment.
- Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Tooth extraction is required when a tooth is damaged beyond repair due to infection or disease. Another reason for tooth removal is crowding. If a tooth has emerged at an improper angle and is too close to the adjacent teeth for proper dental care, it will need to be removed.
- Types of tooth extraction
There are two types of tooth extraction: simple and surgical.
A simple extraction means a dentist can easily remove a visible tooth above the gum line with forceps.
A surgical extraction requires an oral surgeon to make an incision in the gum tissue to extract a partially or not yet erupted tooth.