when can I eat solid food after wisdom teeth

When Can I Eat Solid Food After Wisdom Teeth?

It’s been years that I am serving people as a dentist and making their smiles more worthy. But when it comes to wisdom teeth removal a few of the questions are always asked by the patients. One of them is ‘when can I eat solid food after wisdom teeth removal’ (I’ll discuss a few later). Such a question makes sense to me and everyone but once a very cute patient of mine asked me; ‘after removing wisdom teeth, are you going to take away my wisdom too?’ this is the funniest but sweetest question so far. 

For the people, who aren’t from the medical sciences, I want to tell you those wisdom teeth are also called third molars. And no, they do not take away your wisdom; they are named after wisdom because they came when you are adult enough. It is just a normal thing, which every single human on this planet has to go through (like almost 10 million of such teeth removal or extraction is being calculated in one year)

So let me guide you with the most asked questions from my patients like:

  1. How long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat normally?
  2. What can I eat 7 days after wisdom teeth removal?
  3. List of soft foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal

The reason to write this all is your good diet, once you have had your wisdom teeth extraction or removal, having the right nutritious diet is very important. It will help heal the swollen part earlier and better, and reduces the risk of complications. 

So let’s get to your answers one by one;

How Long After Wisdom Teeth Removal Can I Eat Normally? 

Adding ‘normally’ to how long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat normally, is on purpose as after the removal, people feel pressure in the back of their mouth as the gum tissues around that particular part become more sensitive and got swell. Other than this, there won’t be any pain. Try to stock all the necessary food items or things before your surgery so you may not have to go out to the grocery stores as rest is also needed for a speedy recovery.

But when it comes to eating normally, you have to wait almost 1 week, as it takes maximum 3 days for swelling to go away and a more 3 days to heal it properly. Better wait for a whole week by avoiding hard chewing food items and sticky too. 

What Can I Eat 7 Days After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

I am while understanding the above answer, you must have thought to yourself that ‘what can I eat 7 days after wisdom teeth removal?’ so maintaining a diet full of healthy soft food items is a great decision as it will help you heal better. 

As not everyone’s teeth condition is the same, rare are the cases where people take longer to heal after wisdom teeth recovery as they suffer from infections because of the poor diet which causes the bacterial infection in the extraction area. You should stick to liquids and soft food items for almost the first 5 days or maybe a week. 

List Of Soft Foods To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

You have to avoid hard food items, tough junk foods, grains, seeds, nicotine, and alcohol to let it heal fast, it doesn’t mean to stop eating everything, no, you have to add delicious and healthy foods to your menu and what are they, here is a list of soft foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal;

  • Yogurt
  • Ice creams
  • Smoothies
  • Soups (warm not hot)
  • Seedless fruits
  • Mashed, sweet or regular potatoes
  • Bananas (mashed)
  • Puddings
  • Oatmeal 
  • Humus
  • Scrambled eggs and toast
  • Fresh juices/protein shakes
  • Well-cooked cereals
  • Water (drink lots of it)

Other than the foods, you have to take care of certain things too like; do not touch the certain area with your fingers or tongue, avoid doing, quit smoking for at least a week after wisdom teeth extraction because if you will not do so, it will dry the certain socket and cause problems for you later, also, avoid having sticky food items as if they unluckily got stuck to the socket, it will injure it and hurt so bad. And yes, do not brush your teeth immediately, and if the dentist recommends you any certain toothbrush, use that and avoiding hitting that socket. Be very careful, do not be stressed, try to take naps, and relax your body and head.

Follow all the above-mentioned things for a safe recovery every time, it’s common as most people have to face all four wisdom teeth extractions. The dentist does recommend some painkillers so it’s not something to be worried about. And if you feel unbearable pain, pressure, infection, or anything that hurts your socket, try to have an appointment with your dentist, immediately. As this happens rarely, better heal it or let it checked up before it gets worse.


Growing and extracting wisdom teeth is something everybody has to go through. Sometimes you may even need to do it four times or least two times in your life. They need to be removed because they do not grow normally and cause pain or infection in the mouth once they are developed completely. I myself faced this 4 times in my life; when can I eat solid food after wisdom teeth, used to be my first thought when the dentist used to advise me to live on soft food items. 

Toothache is severe pain and having any tooth treatment too, better not to take part in long activities or avoid doing hard exercise during the first week of the surgery, and makes sure you are free from every stress. This extraction is common but taking care in the early days is also very important because, by the end of the week, you will feel much better. 

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