‘‘I will not bite any man,” says the warrior, “for I must save my teeth for the giant.’’ – a famous German proverb. Safe to say that this warrior might not have his wisdom teeth removed or a craving for a big mac or a whopper.
In such a tricky situation, you need to be careful about the solid food you intake. Or else you might end up at the dentists again with torn stitches or a dry socket.
A common question that floats around every mind that has undergone wisdom teeth removal is, “how long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat a burger?” Read to know the answer.
Exactly How Long After Wisdom Teeth Removal Can You Chew Solid Food?
It’s best for you or anyone who has had their wisdom teeth removed: imprison your soul’s cravings for at least a week or so. It’s better to wait for a minimum of seven days before you chew on any solid food. You should rather start slowly by introducing solid foods into your diets and be careful of what you chew.
Your doctor might ask you to refrain from chewing on solid foods for a period ranging from 2 to 8 weeks, depending on your teeth being upper or lower wisdom teeth. So you must consult with your doctor before you even think of biting off a chunk out of your favorite food.
You must adopt a fixed diet before you gradually ramp up to regular food. It is a slow process, but taking it slow is what you need right after your teeth are removed.
What Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The answer would be – soft food. People who have their wisdom teeth removed have acute irritation and pain in their mouth and gums. And if someone eats something solid during the healing period, he/she will experience intense pain and also can cause infection.
Many patients inquire about the temperature of the food. Should it be hot or cold or equivalent to room temperature? The answer is you shouldn’t worry about the food temperature that much until it does not burn your gums and melt them like cheese in the oven.
There are a few foods that can help your gums cure. Following are some foods that can help you get back on your feet as fast as soon as possible:
- Creamy green smoothies with apple broccoli and zucchini.
- Homemade apple juice
- Chocolate avocado mousse,
- Greek yogurt with honey,
- Peanut butter protein shake,
- Mashed potato
- Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons
- Cream of chicken soup
- Warm and creamy maca pudding
- Roasted carrot soup
- Soft scrambled eggs with ricotta
- Noodle soup
- Mango and banana smoothie Instant Oatmeal
- Pureed seedless fruit
- Refried beans
- Mashed beans, such as black beans, kidney beans, and butter beans
- Regular potatoes and mashed sweet
- Mashed vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, and broccoli soft steamed
- Scrambled eggs
- soft cheese
- Clams and Clam Chowder
- Butternut Squash with cooked soft
- Sour Cream
- Steamed Vegetables
- Stewpot roast after dental implants
- Sweet Potatoes
- Tapioca Pudding
- Tuna Salad
- Yellow Squash
- Ramen Noodles
Food to Avoid After Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Spicy foods
- Hard foods
- Chewy gum or Bubble gum
- Sticky foods
- Hard rolls
- Sticky and hard chocolate
- Taffy and mentos
- Thick crust pizza
- Raw vegetable
- Italian/French bread
- Meat with bone
- Whole apple, guards,
- Pear, raw carrot,
- Hard Crackers
- Hard cookies
- Alcohol such a wine, vodka
- Carbonated drinks
- Spicy foods
- Sticky candy
- Hard candy
- Trans fat
It doesn’t matter when your teeth have been taken out. Ingesting these meals might just help you out, provide you with relief, give you a breather, and return the taste you were longing for.
Post Wisdom Teeth Removal Instructions
The aftermath of wisdom teeth removal, especially the next 24 hours, as the region around the uprooted teeth is prone to inflammation and infection during that period. You can add the aforementioned soft foods after a day or so. After 14 days, you are allowed to start consuming solid foods such as burgers.
You should take some time before consuming carbonated beverages, tea, coffee, and such. If done otherwise, it might hamper the healing process causing a great deal of pain and discomfort. It is also advised not to use a straw for a certain period of time. This reduces the chance of blood clotting and unexpectedly opening up the incision site.
24 Hours After
Rinsing with saline water frequently after surgery is good for your condition as a saltwater solution helps to soothe irritated gum tissue as well as draw out infection. Stick to eating broth and water.
You might not feel up for eating as your appetite might take a dive due to medicines and pain and discomfort inside the mouth. Try to avoid sugary or carbonated beverages as they might affect the enamel of teeth or antagonize the operated region.
2-4 Days After
If you are feeling good, try inserting semi-solid foods into your meals-
- Mashed potatoes, yams & carrots
- Scrambled eggs
You could also have pureed vegetable soup or butternut squash. Make sure to maintain room temperature in order to ease back into eating solids.
7-14 Days After
You can have slightly harder food like soft carrots, shredded/softened meat, soft noodles, chicken/Thai noodles, and such other semi-solid foods. These should be maintained at room temperature too.
3-4 weeks later
At this point, you can slowly move to harder foods. But you must be careful while chewing because you don’t want to pester your stitches.
After Surgery Rehabilitation
Once you are free from anesthetic influence, you mustn’t smoke or eat spicy solid food or drink alcohol or beverages, etc. You must maintain oral care properly and follow doctors’ guidelines.
So, how long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat a burger? The straightforward answer is three to four weeks. That is unless you want to schedule another meeting with the dentist.
We hope you feel better and be able to grab a burger soon. And maybe read more interesting articles on our blog 🙂