When Can I Eat After A Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure among adults. Although it is generally safe and painless, many people frighten at the prospect of getting a tooth extraction.

Many individuals often have questions regarding the treatment, one of the most common ones being, “After how long can I normally eat after tooth extraction?”

Our dentists are here to answer all your queries regarding the procedure, pain management, and post-op care after tooth removal. Read ahead to learn more about the foods you can eat and what to avoid after getting a tooth extraction.


When Is It Safe to Eat After Extraction?

Once we have removed your tooth, we will provide detailed guidelines which you need to follow to achieve proper healing. Typically, you can start consuming food after a few hours of tooth extraction. However, during the first 24 hours, we only recommend the intake of a soft diet that does not require biting or chewing.

It is better to start with liquids first, such as juices or milkshakes. Avoid using a straw for a few days because it can cause clot dislodgement. Also, avoid drinking hot beverages such as tea or coffee, which may irritate the extraction site.

If you feel slight pain at the extraction site, take prescribed medications to ease your symptoms before eating.


What to Eat After Tooth Extraction?

During the first day, it is better to stick to a soft diet. You can slowly transition to a normal diet when the extraction site heals to a certain extent. Eat from the other side during this period until you feel comfortable switching to both sides.

A soft diet includes porridge, pudding, yogurt, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, ice cream, etc. Foods at a cooler temperature are better to eat for the first 72 hours post-extraction.

Ensure none of these foods contain hard-to-chew substances such as nuts or caramel crunch. Soups and broths are also good options, but it is better to consume them when they are lukewarm or at room temperature.


What To Avoid After Tooth Extraction?

You should avoid food items that require hard biting or chewing forces for 5 to 7 days. Examples of these foods include meat, nuts, popcorn, candy bars, etc. After a week, you can begin to transition toward normal chewing, but avoiding unnecessary pressure on the extraction site is better.

We strictly prohibit alcohol intake for at least 2 to 3 days after surgery, as it may delay the healing process. Intake of hot beverages should also be avoided for a few days. Once the extraction site improves, you can resume normal eating and drinking habits.


Learn More About Tooth Extraction Aftercare

If you are considering tooth extraction and want to learn more about its process – let us help. Our esteemed dentists at Porter Smiles Dental are always willing to answer any queries you may have regarding dental issues or treatments.

Call us today at 281 519 7200 to schedule a consultation with our dental professionals.