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Dietary Restrictions after Dental Extractions

June 15, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Vishal Advani
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Sometimes a dental extraction is necessary, and Elk Grove Village dentist Dr. Vishal Advani is experienced in performing all dental extractions, including wisdom teeth. Whatever the reason for your extraction, it’s crucial to take good care of yourself afterward—and that includes being careful about what you eat.

The Extraction Process

Before the extraction process begins, Dr. Advani will numb the area. Depending on the procedure, you may also be sedated. He will ensure you are thoroughly comfortable during the procedure.

Healing times afterward will vary, depending on how extensive the procedure. Patients shouldn’t feel any pain afterward, although there will likely be some discomfort and swelling in the area. Both can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers and by using an ice pack to ease the swelling.

Eating after the Procedure

In the hours and days following extraction, it’s important to watch what you eat, so you don’t disturb the clot that forms at the extraction site. This clot is essential for proper healing.

Immediately after the procedure, you will probably only want soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, and applesauce. We recommend purchasing these in single-serving size to make for easy snacking when you are recovering and want something with minimal preparation.

As you recover, you might want something more substantial. We recommend potatoes, both for satisfaction and nutrition. Topped with melted butter, sour cream, or olive oil, a baked potato will fill you up and is easy to eat.

You can also enjoy a variety of soups. Whether it’s pureed or not, the ingredients in soup are soft and easy to eat so you can enjoy them without worrying about disturbing the extraction site. Check out the soup aisle at your local grocery store and stock up with a variety of flavors before your procedure.

It's essential to avoid anything hard or crunchy that can disturb the clot or get caught in the healing site.

Follow Dr. Advani’s Instructions after Your Procedure

Our office will provide you with a list of instructions to follow after your procedure to ensure the healing process goes smoothly. Give your Elk Grove Village dentist a call if you have any questions!