Can I Eat Bread After Tooth Extraction?

Can I Eat Bread After Tooth Extraction?

Can I Eat Bread After Tooth Extraction?

Watching what you do after your tooth extraction is vital to helping your gum to heal healthily and quickly, so tooth extraction aftercare advice is extensive. But we all have different diets and habits, so it can be hard for your dentist to address each and every one of your questions individually.

That’s why Didsbury Dental Practice is here to help answer your most pressing questions.

Bread is a staple food of almost every home in the UK, with reportedly 99% of households buying bread for almost daily consumption, so it’s no wonder so many of you are wondering if you can eat bread after your tooth extraction. Fortunately, the answer is yes! Some types of bread are fine to eat after tooth extraction. But which ones and what else do you need to know? Let’s take a look.

Why You Should Watch What You Eat After Tooth Extraction

Why You Should Watch What You Eat After Tooth Extraction

Once you’ve had your bothersome tooth removed you’ll be relieved to know you’re on the mend and you’ll soon be free from toothache. However, the healing process of your socket after tooth extraction relies on you following the aftercare guidance from your dentist to encourage your gums to heal quickly and healthily.

After your tooth is removed by your dentist, a blood clot will form over the socket to enable the nerves and gums to recover and heal effectively, as well as prevent bacteria and food particles from entering the open wound. Blood clots are jelly-like substances so while forming a seal over the wound, they can easily be removed by certain actions as well as food and drinks, so it’s integral to the healing process that you avoid some activities and foods that may disturb the blood clot.

When there is no blood clot over the wound, this is known as a dry socket. A dry socket can be painful and elongate the healing process, so contact your dentist if you believe you have a dry socket.

How Long the Socket Takes to Heal

How long your socket takes to heal after a tooth extraction depends slightly on why you’ve had a tooth extracted, however, it usually takes around 7 days before it has healed enough for you to resume your activities and diet as normal.

Tooth extractions are normally performed when the tooth is:

  • Broken
  • Infected
  • Damaged by cavities

If your tooth is removed due to a tooth infection, also known as a dental abscess, the infected tissue will also be removed, however, you may also be given antibiotics if there are signs that the infection has spread to your other teeth. If you have a weakened immune system or a dry socket, it may take longer for your gum to heal so your dentist will advise you on different timings for their aftercare instructions.

General Aftercare Advice for Tooth Extraction

General Aftercare Advice for Tooth Extraction

Your dentist will go through the dos and don’ts following your tooth extraction with you, but it’s always beneficial to have an idea of what to expect beforehand so you can organise your week following and at least do some useful food shopping in advance.

After your tooth extraction, you should:

  • Avoid intense exercise for the first 24 hours
  • Avoid spitting or drinking with a straw for the first few days
  • Rinse your mouth with a saline solution 24 hours after your extraction and each day following for a week
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least 7 days
  • Avoid fizzy drinks for the first few days
  • Avoid eating for 3 hours
  • Be careful what you eat

When it comes to what food you can and can’t eat, it largely comes down to common sense. You don’t want to eat anything that will cause you pain as your gum will be tender and swollen after the extraction, so it’s best to avoid anything crunchy, crumbly, spicy, too hot, too cold or with seeds. Essentially, don’t eat anything that can dislodge the blood clot, hurt your gums, or get stuck in the socket.

Foods You Should Eat After Tooth Extraction

Avoiding crunchy, crumbly and spicy food eliminates quite a few options from your diet for the first 5 to 7 days after your tooth extraction, especially if you enjoy a varied diet. However, there are some suitable meals that are soft enough to be comfortable eating, and nutritious enough to help your socket heal even faster.

Foods that you should eat after your tooth extraction include:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soups
  • Lentils
  • Boiled vegetables
  • Well-cooked pasta

You should wait for all food and drink to reach room temperature before consumption to prevent disturbing the blood clot or causing you any pain, but these foods are suitably soft and nutritious to help your gum heal.

Can I Eat Bread After Tooth Extraction?

Can I Eat Bread After Tooth Extraction?

Bread is wonderfully diverse so it’s impossible to say: “Yes all bread is ok to eat” or “No, you should avoid all bread” after your tooth extraction.

You can safely eat soft foods after your tooth extraction, so if you’d like some bread with your soup, or to make a sandwich, you can eat bread after tooth extraction, as long as it’s soft. Soft bread rolls or a loaf of white or brown bread are fine to eat, however, you should avoid crusty loaves, rye bread, sourdough and seeded bread to prevent removing your blood clot or scratching your gums.

Bread should also be eaten fresh, not toasted, after your tooth extraction to avoid damaging your blood clot. You should also chew all food, where possible, on the opposite side of your mouth to the tooth extraction site to avoid disturbing it.

Dentists will sometimes remove more than one tooth at once, especially if you need more than one wisdom tooth out or an emergency tooth extraction due to injury or infection. So if you have had two or more teeth removed from opposite sides of the mouth, avoid food that needs chewing for the first few days after the extraction and stick to soup.

What to Do if You Think Your Socket Isn’t Healing

What to Do if You Think Your Socket Isn’t Healing

It’s normal to experience some swelling and bruising around your face on the side that the tooth was extracted after the procedure and you’ll be advised to take painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen to help reduce the swelling – although don’t take ibuprofen without eating first as this may upset the sensitive lining of your stomach.

However, if after a few days, the pain isn’t decreasing and the swelling appears to be worsening, you should contact your dentist again as there may be a complication with your healing. You can check your socket with a handheld mirror and torch to see that the blood clot is still there and a reddish-brown colour to see that it’s healthy; if the area is white with pus, your gums are overly red and sensitive, and you have great pain in your jaw, a headache or ear pain, these are signs of an infection.

If your wound is infected, you need to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. You can call 111 to find out the nearest place you can get an emergency appointment, or contact a private dentist for help, as they are most likely to have sooner available appointments to help you. Tooth infections should never be left untreated as they can become significantly more severe, so treat your dental health seriously.

If there is no blood clot at all, you have a dry socket and are more susceptible to an infection, so you can call your dentist for advice on keeping the area clean until it heals, but you don’t necessarily need an emergency appointment if it’s otherwise healthy.

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If you need to see a dentist for a routine appointment or emergency treatment, Didsbury Dental Practice in the Manchester area is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, so you can always access the treatment you need.

Contact us today to arrange your appointment or find out more about our prices for our services including tooth extraction and emergency treatment.

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