When Can I Eat after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
After a tooth is extracted, the mouth is usually numbed by local anesthesia for several hours, but once the numbness is gone you will feel hungry. Eating the wrong food too early can cause you to feel a significant amount of pain at the extraction site. It is very important to follow each step of the aftercare indicated by your dentist after a dental extraction to avoid infections and other problems.
Do not drink hot liquids, such as soups, tea and coffee, because the heat can dissolve the blood clot that helps to heal the site of the extraction. If this blood clot is removed, the bone is exposed to food and drink, causing a large amount of pain. After the first 24 hours of the extraction of the tooth, consume soft foods, such as noodles, gelatin, cheese, pudding and applesauce. As the pain subsides after the first 24 hours, you can begin to introduce foods with greater texture in your diet
Avoid chewing food at the extraction site because this will increase your risk of dislodging the blood clot. Dr. Peterson also points out that you should also avoid spicy foods that can irritate the extraction site and sticky foods that can eliminate the clot. Do not consume alcohol during the first days after an extraction.
The site of the extraction will swell and you will feel discomfort for at least 24 hours, which can make it difficult to eat. In most cases, a dentist will prescribe an analgesic such as hydrocodone. However, if there is no pain relief, a paracetamol or ibuprofen tablet can usually be taken to help you eat more comfortably. Ask your dentist before taking any over-the-counter medication.
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After eating, you will have to keep the area clean, but be sure to avoid brushing directly on the extraction site for three to four days. Use a clean, damp cloth or cloth to gently clean the area. Do not rinse because this can also dislodge the clot. According to Aurora Health Care, some signs of an infection are that the pain gets worse, bleeding that lasts more than four hours, swelling, redness and fever. If something seems abnormal, contact your dentist. If you are having trouble breathing, seek emergency medical attention.