We are your go-to, trusted source for wisdom tooth removal in the Woodlands, so we know a thing or two about the procedure itself and what you need to do afterward to stay safe and healthy. One of the biggest questions we get from patients in need of this type of treatment is what do I eat and when? This recent article sheds light on this standard information everyone wants to (and should) know about post-surgical wisdom tooth care.
Stop — No, Steak!
We know that living in Texas, it can be challenging to avoid a delicious, juicy steak. But no matter how tender you can get it, having something like steak to eat is usually not a good idea just yet. (NOTE: Your Woodlands dentist will be able to give you more personalized advice for your unique needs, but these are just helpful tips and suggestions.)
First things first, you’ll most likely feel most comfortable eating something mildly cool such as a frozen fruit pop or even some ice cream if you’re hungry about thirty minutes post-procedure. Again, it’s always a good idea to check with us if you’re experiencing any discomfort or if you’re unsure whether it’s OK to eat something.
Chew on This — Gently!
Within about two hours of completion of your wisdom tooth extraction in The Woodlands, you can try to eat some semisolid foods or a soft diet to give yourself time to heal. This can help with any pain medications you may be asked to take. Foods and beverages to avoid generally include:
- Hot or spicy foods
- Carbonated drinks
- Hot coffee and tea
It’s also important to remember that smoking is dangerous during healing. All of these things have been known to irritate your tooth’s remaining sockets, infection, and a delay in how long it takes you to heal or feel better.
Like we mentioned earlier, your Woodlands dentist will be able to provide you with detailed, personalized instructions post-surgery. It’s essential that you or the person you’re caring for follow the advice so that your mouth heals happily. If you have questions about wisdom tooth removal or if you’d like to talk to someone about your options, please contact us today.
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