What Can I Eat After Tooth Extraction?

What Can I Eat After Tooth Extraction?

What Can I Eat After Tooth Extraction?

We offer tooth extraction treatment at Didsbury Dental Surgery and one of the most frequently asked questions people ask after this treatment is, ‘What can I eat after a tooth extraction?’ Here you will find information about our dental surgery, who we are and what we offer as well as helpful dos and don’ts after a tooth extraction and how to avoid having one in the first place.

What is a tooth extraction?

If you have ever needed to have an emergency extraction, you will know what dull recurring pain feels like. As much as you can try your best to look after your oral hygiene, tooth extraction can arise out of the blue, so it is not always possible to pre-empt this unwanted treatment.

This is when you need a tooth extraction if the best course of action to relieve you of the pain and to solve the problem is to completely remove the tooth. A tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is typically performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon.

It’s always best to visit an emergency dentist rather than an emergency room for an infection, decay or tooth extraction as dentists are qualified to perform extractions and you will likely experience much smaller wait times.

Reasons for tooth extractions

There are many reasons why you may need a tooth extraction. Sometimes these things happen and they’re unavoidable if you need an emergency extraction but there are a few reasons that can lead to having this treatment that you could take steps to avoid.

  • Tooth Decay: Advanced tooth decay that cannot be treated with a dental filling or crown may require extraction.
  • Gum Disease: Severe gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to the loss of teeth, and extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, may become impacted (unable to fully emerge from the gums) and cause pain or other dental problems.
  • Orthodontic Reasons: Some orthodontic treatments may require the removal of teeth to create space for proper alignment.
  • Trauma or Injury: Teeth that are broken or damaged due to trauma may need to be extracted if they cannot be effectively repaired.
  • Overcrowding: In some cases, tooth extraction may be recommended to address issues of overcrowding in the mouth, especially if it is hindering proper tooth alignment.

As you can see, some of these can’t be avoided but with good oral care and a healthy diet, you can avoid things like tooth decay and gum disease.

What to do after a tooth extraction

What to do after a tooth extraction

You don’t need to worry about having the treatment done as your dentist will make sure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Afterwards, your mouth will feel numb from the anaesthetic so it can feel a little strange for a few hours.

The area where you have had a tooth removed can feel a little tender while it heals so there are a few things you should and shouldn’t do in the few hours and even days after the treatment. Here are our top dos and don’ts after a tooth extraction.

What not to do

After a tooth extraction:

  • Avoid smoking: smoking can impede the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
  • Do not rinse or spit vigorously: for the first 24 hours after the extraction, avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting. This can disrupt the blood clot that forms in the socket, which is crucial for proper healing.
  • Limit physical activity: avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Physical exertion can increase blood flow to the extraction site and may lead to bleeding or dislodging of the blood clot.
  • Avoid Hot Liquids: refrain from consuming hot liquids for the first day after the extraction. Hot beverages can increase blood flow and promote bleeding.
  • Avoid hard or chewy foods: stick to a soft diet for a few days after the extraction. Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods that could irritate the extraction site or dislodge the blood clot.
  • Do not touch the extraction area: avoid touching the extraction site with your fingers or tongue. This can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after the extraction, as alcohol can interfere with blood clot formation and the healing process.

What you should do

After a tooth extraction, you should:

  • Follow medication instructions: if your dentist prescribes medications, such as antibiotics or pain relievers, take them as directed. If you have any concerns or experience adverse reactions, contact your dentist promptly.
  • Attend follow-up appointments: keep any follow-up appointments with your dentist. They will monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications.
  • Continue with good oral care: make sure you follow your usual oral care routine or follow the advice given by your dentist. Not following good oral care could lead to an increased chance of having another extraction. Take extra care around the extraction area.
  • Eat soft foods that are easy to chew: stick with soft, easy-to-chew foods so what you’re eating doesn’t irritate the healing extraction area.

What to eat after an extraction

Here is a list of soft, easy-to-chew foods that you could eat after tooth extraction:

  • Yoghurt
  • Soup
  • Jelly
  • Smoothies
  • Mashed potato
  • Soft, warm cereals
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cottage cheese
  • Soft avocado
  • Bananas
  • Pasta, rice or noodles
  • Ice cream or sorbet.

Remember to avoid hot, spicy, acidic, or crunchy foods during the initial days after the extraction. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. As you progress in your recovery, you can gradually reintroduce a more normal diet but always follow the specific post-operative instructions provided by your dentist. If you have any concerns about your diet or experience any unusual symptoms, consult with your dentist for personalised advice.

Didsbury Dental Practice

Are you in pain? Book your first appointment with us today and we will be happy to welcome you to our practice. Have a look at the advantages of going private and why seeing a private dentist is worth it.

 We provide:

  • State-of-the-art facilities: one of the elements that our patients love about our practice is the state-of-the-art facilities we have to offer. We are proud to be able to provide you with a comfortable and safe environment for your emergency dental treatment.
  • Fast & effective service: when you need to get your teeth and gums looked at, it is important to do this in a timely and efficient manner. Our dedicated team of experienced dental professionals is well-trained to be able to offer fast and effective treatment in case of dental emergencies.
  • Competitive prices: we understand the cost of living is going up, and people are finding it difficult, and that’s why we have made a conscious decision to implement competitive price points for our patients. We want to be able to cater to every budget and price point, and this is why we go out of our way to get this part of the process right.
  • Compassionate staff: a lot of people are nervous about going to the dentist, and this means it is important to have staff who are compassionate and understanding. Our team of professionals are supportive, compassionate, and understanding, and provide personalised attention for every patient.

Whatever the problem, we can help. Contact us today if you have any questions about tooth extractions, booking an appointment or advice on other treatments and services. We also have appointments for check-ups, visits to the dental hygienist and for other treatments and cosmetic procedures. See our website for more information on what we have to offer at Didsbury Dental Practice.

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So, what should you eat after a tooth extraction? We recommend sticking to soft, easy-to-chew foods for the first few days to a week until the area feels less tender and has healed. Avoid hard, difficult-to-chew foods as well as alcohol, hot drinks, spicy food and anything that could irritate the extraction site.

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