What Can I Eat After Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

You won’t feel very hungry on the day of your wisdom teeth surgery, but it is important to stay nourished and keep your strength up. While you will be on a soft diet for a few days, you can add firmer foods gradually.

What to Eat on the Day of Wisdom Teeth Removal

You will be on a liquid diet on the day of surgery. Non-carbonated drinks, juices, creamy soups, broths, and thin smoothies or shakes are good choices. Liquid protein supplements such as Ensure or Boost will provide needed nutrients (do not drink with a straw!)

Do not drink anything too hot or cold; tepid or lukewarm drinks won’t irritate your mouth, which will be sensitive. If you want to eat something more substantial, try soft foods that do not need to be chewed, such as puddings, Jell-O, or yogurt. 

After the First 24 Hours

The next day and for the following few days, a soft diet includes soft foods with some texture. We suggest the following:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Refried beans
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pancakes
  • Soft-cooked pasta
  • Hummus
  • Mashed bananas
  • Delicate meats such as shredded chicken or fish
  • Peanut butter

On the third or fourth day, you can gradually add foods such as soft bread, macaroni and cheese, and steamed vegetables. Each day you can add firmer foods with more texture according to your comfort level.

What Not to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Your mouth will be tender and more sensitive for the first several days. Steer clear of foods that are hot, cold, or heavily seasoned.
  • Acidic foods can sting, so don’t eat citrus fruits, tomatoes, or other high-acid foods for the first few days.
  • Do not eat hard, brittle, or chewing foods, as they may dislodge the blood clot that prevents a dry socket.
  • Crunchy or crumbly foods may get lodged in the incision area, so avoid chips, crackers, and popcorn.
  • Do not drink with a straw or drink carbonated beverages to avoid dislodging the blood clot.
  • No alcohol or smoking for the first week, as they can delay healing.

We suggest erring on the side of caution while recovering; try small amounts first when adding firmer foods, and don’t rush things. If you have any questions about what you can or can’t eat after wisdom tooth removal, contact our office at Park East Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery PC Office Phone Number 212-593-2930 for guidance.