Preparing for wisdom tooth surgery

I'm having my wisdom teeth out on Tuesday and am trying to prepare diet wise for not being able to chew. I'm a little worried I'm going to use the pain as an excuse to say pooey to my calorie goal and eat whatever I can (though I'm not real optimistic about what exactly I'll be able to eat). They're only taking two teeth on one side, but I don't even know what to expect pain/eating ability wise.

Anyone been through this and have any pointers? Foods to stock up on/foods to avoid? I'm thinking lots of yogurt, soups, mashed potatoes, applesauce, smoothies...?


  • LuckyAng
    LuckyAng Posts: 1,173 Member
    I had all 4 out at once! Soft food is good, and since you will still have one side to chew on you may be able to have some solids. Just be careful of dry socket! I had it in 3 out of 4, and it's horrible! They say smoking and drinking out of a straw are some of the causes, but I don't smoke and purposely avoided drinking out of a straw. So, who knows why it happened. Good luck!!
  • Cr357
    Cr357 Posts: 238
    You have my sympathy, looks like protein shakes and PB for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Momkat65
    Momkat65 Posts: 317 Member
    don't use a straw for sure, that'll loosen the clots
    the soft foods you mentioned are perfect
    protien shake would be good, just spoon it in
    I assist dental surgeries nearly every day
    It is not as bad as you think
    take meds as directed
    you will be fine
  • kaytiecakes
    kaytiecakes Posts: 79 Member
    Mashed potatoes, low sugar applesauce, sugar free jello and campbell soup to go cups were my game when I had mine pulled.
  • ejohndrow
    ejohndrow Posts: 1,399 Member
    It all depends on how bad your teeth are. All four of mine grew in straight, and broke through the gums before I had them out, and I had the tops out about 10 years before the bottom ones. I had my bottom two out about a year ago. The first day I was too doped up to care about eating, the next couple of days was just soups and soft foods like you've mentioned and then by the fourth day or so I was back to normal. I was lucky though, and didn't have to deal with a lot of the problems people have to face with wisdom teeth. Also, I was fine with the ibuprofen I was given, never even touched the percocet.
  • MummyHungry
    MummyHungry Posts: 82 Member
    I lived for a week on ensure, broth, pudding, and go-gurt. Mine were pretty bad...they were afraid they'd have to remove 5 teeth instead of 4 because one of my roots was twisted around the tooth beside it, but fortunately they got it okay and I didn't have dry sockets. Good luck!
  • cloud2011
    cloud2011 Posts: 898 Member
    Good luck with the surgery.

    I would buy some chicken stock - low or no fat. It's soothing.

    Also, think about making some smoothies.

    Two of my favorites are:

    1/2 c. frozen raspberries
    1/2 c. nonfat plain yogurt (I like Stonyfield Farms, it's creamy)
    1/2 c. Trop 50 apple juice (or Motts Tots, I think it has less sugar)

    Blueberry Smoothie
    1 c. frozen blueberries
    1/2 c. pineapple juice (Dole sells mini cans in a six-pack)
    1 banana

    Both recipes, just put the ingredients in a blender, and puree. It's quick. The only thing is to buy everything in advance.
    The raspberry smoothie might taste tart to you; I like it. The blueberry is sweeter.

    (Add more liquid to either smoothie to make it easier to drink).

    I might try ice pops, or frozen fruit bars.

    Good luck!
  • agugino
    agugino Posts: 119
    Popsicles! They aren't super high in calories. Jello is good too.
  • Tsrwalker
    Tsrwalker Posts: 164 Member
    I had all four of mine surgically removed at the same time since they were coming in sideways under the gums and pressing against the other teeth. I also had a root canal done at the same time. For me I didn't really eat anything for the first 2 days all I did was sleep and bleed a lot, but yeah like everyone else has said soft foods are good, and yeah NO STRAWS. I also only took Ibuprofen and got through it...good luck :)
  • munkeyfunk
    munkeyfunk Posts: 141 Member
    so when do your wisdom teeth start coming out? i still don't have them, i think......
  • Tsrwalker
    Tsrwalker Posts: 164 Member
    so when do your wisdom teeth start coming out? i still don't have them, i think......

    I was 20 at the time :)
  • Momkat65
    Momkat65 Posts: 317 Member
    so when do your wisdom teeth start coming out? i still don't have them, i think......
    usually late teens
    most people do not have enough room to accomodate them without causing problems with neighboring teeth
    if you have them and they need to be extracted, get it done while you are young, you will recover more quickly
  • munkeyfunk
    munkeyfunk Posts: 141 Member
    hmm im nearly there then :grumble:
  • keiraev
    keiraev Posts: 695 Member
    I had 3 out just before Xmas and I am still suffering now.

    Unfortuntely I got dry socket and was on 3 lots of antibiotics at one point and endless painkillers. The painkillers made me really nauseous and I haven't been able to exercise properly for weeks.

    I have just finished my last course of antibiotics today.

    Eating anything with small bits in it is a massive drama as it keeps getting stuck in the extractions sites and causing more pain. U need to make sure u rinse out with saltwater every time you eat anything.

    I also couldn't sleep AT ALL for about 2 weeks and was prescribed sleeping pills for just so I could get more than an hour's sleep.

    Worst experience healthwise of my life and still not over it.

    Sorry to sound so negative!
  • keiraev
    keiraev Posts: 695 Member
    I ate a lot of mashed potato and soup BTW - I even had mash on Xmas day!
  • ejohndrow
    ejohndrow Posts: 1,399 Member
    so when do your wisdom teeth start coming out? i still don't have them, i think......
    My dad is 61 and never had his removed. My sister was born without them, and I didn't get my top two out until I was about 20, and the bottom two until the age of 29. So...maybe you're just lucky. or maybe they'll bother you at the age of 40 like an old supervisor I had.
  • keiraev
    keiraev Posts: 695 Member
    Mine didn't grow til I was 25.

    Am 32 and just had them out, the older you are the longer and more twisted the roots are in they're impacted so u tend to suffer less if you are 18/20 I've heard.
  • so when do your wisdom teeth start coming out? i still don't have them, i think......

    I only had top wisdom teeth...maybe you're just more evolved than the rest of us!
  • I had mine out 2 summers ago. I ate tons of oatmeal and scrambled eggs...and soft serve! Soup is good too, but make sure it's not super hot...that can cause dry socket as well. I only took the percoset for a day, and be warned (TMI), it causes serious "backup" in the digestive department.
  • DizzyLinds
    DizzyLinds Posts: 856 Member
    I had all 4 out in 2010. I was drinking smoothies, milkshakes, porridge, soft pasta in sauce, mashed banana, yoghurts. I was lucky to not have any problems and made sure i used the Corsodyl mouthwash after every meal.