Eating after surgery

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Patients who prepare for your oral surgery usually end up having a smoother recovery. That’s why you should plan ahead and buy soft food items before surgery. Proper nutrition is eating a well-balanced diet. These are nutrients needed for good health. If your diet is low in nutrients, your mouth may have a difficult time resisting infection.

Due to tenderness and swelling in your mouth, it can be difficult to find foods that are filling. As well as fulfilling while still being soft and easy to eat. It’s important to eat what you feel comfortable with. And to keep in mind people heal at different rates following surgery. The point is to avoid increased pain or prevent healing.

Types of extractions

Yet, despite any fears or lack of appetite, it’s vital that you continue to eat. As nutrients will provide energy and help your healing process.

After wisdom tooth removal you may eat anything soft by chewing away from the surgical site(s).

After dental implants or an impacted tooth. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Major jaw surgery. When teeth are wired or rubber-banded closed following surgery. A liquid diet will be necessary. When the teeth are released you can consume cooked portions of your favorite foods. These can be blended to suit your taste. To make blended mixtures of proper consistency, juice, milk, water or broth may be added as a thinner. The blended mixture may be strained to remove particles and food fiber.

For 2 days after surgery, drink liquids and eat soft foods only.

Applesauce or any pureed fruit or foods, Avocado, Broth, Clams, and Dips. Jelly/Jell-O, Juice, Ice cream, Mashed Potato, Milk and Nut butter. Oatmeal, Pudding, Soup, Smoothies, Yogurt.

On day 3 after surgery, eat soft foods that do not need much chewing, such as 

Baked Beans & Spaghetti, Bananas, Casseroles, Cheesecake, and Cheeses. Eggs, Fish, Macaroni & Cheese, Meatloaf or Meatballs, Noodles/Pasta, and Pies. Ramen Noodles, Risotto, Mushy Peas/Beans, Rice, Sherbet, Sloppy Joe and Soaked Bread/Cookies. Spinach, Stew, Sweet Breads, Pies, Vegetables, Waffles.

You must avoid the use of a straw to drink any fluids. Because the sucking motion and negative pressure in the mouth can cause the clot to dislodge or break off. 

Foods to AVOID

Hot Foods. Hot temperatures promote the breakdown of the blood clot in the socket. And lead to dry socket or infection. 

Spicy Foods

use a straw to drink any fluids because the sucking motion and negative pressure in the mouth can cause the clot to dislodge or break off.

Foods that are difficult to chew ( steak, poultry, deli meats)

Popcorn, pretzels, potato chips

Crusty bread, bagels, cookies

Alcoholic beverages delay the healing process

to keep your oral mucosa moist and the clots in place. Yet, you should avoid soda and carbonated drinks. They can weaken blood clot and increase the risk that it will dislodge in your mouth

Small grains and seeds can get lodged in the tooth sockets and irritate your wound. It also can re-open the area, causing bleeding or infection. That will delay healing or cause problems with the surgery. This will need removal by your oral surgeon to prevent infection. 

On the day of surgery, begin with CLEAR FLUIDS then progress to more substantial foods. Remember, it is important to maintain nutrition for optimal healing to occur.

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Mexico Dentist