Post # 1
I had all four of my wisdom teeth cut out on Thursday and for the most part, my recovery process has been pretty normal. I still can’t really smile or open my mouth much, but I expected that I wouldn’t be able to do either of those things yet.
My only problem has been eating. All of my other back teeth are really sore/sensitive and I haven’t really been able to close my mouth enough to chew anything so I’ve been living on mashed potatoes, protein shakes, apple sauce and sometimes some ice cream. I was told to try some soft veggies, so I boiled some carrots, but I still can’t eat those. I also tried some mac and cheese, because that’s also really soft. I had to chew a little and I ended up not getting much food and needing a pain pill.
At this point I feel like if I want to eat anything (soups included) I’m going to have to run everything through a blender, twice, before I can ingest anything else.
If anyone has any suggestions for food, that would be wonderful.
Post # 3
Hmm. I was eating really well cooked noodles by day two. Just cook them longer than usual, slap on some butter, and have small bites at a time. Tomato soup could also be good! Try making some fruit smoothies or green smoothies to get good vitamins – just make sure you don’t use a straw of course.
Post # 4
@bowsergirl: I’ll try some green smoothies. A friend of mine also had hers cut out the same day that I did, and she’s able to eat things like steamed broccoli and pasta. But, I can’t chew anything. The swelling is still up enough that my cheek is in the way. I also think my cheek is kind of raw too, which doesn’t help matters.
Post # 5
@SouthernGirl: I was a dental assistant for a while and I can tell you that everyone’s experience is very different. For example, one of the post op instructions is that you chill out on physical activity following the surgery. What did I do?—-play volleyball. LOL. Did anything happen to me?–nope. My sorority sister ran down the stairs to her car 3 days after surgery and guess who got dry-socket 🙁
If you can’t chew anything and you are stuck with applesauce, that might be the only type of consistency you can handle for now. :/ It sounds like the swelling and your teeth shifting is making it hard for you to chew. Have you tried bananas? Umm..one of the doctors I used to work for suggested cheesecake for one of his patients. You probably shouldn’t eat the crust, of course, but that was a hit with lots of people for obvious reasons. 😉 What about things like pudding? Or even jello?
Are you taking your pain medications close to when you eat? That worked for a lot of patients who were just miserable each time they ate anything. The doctor would suggest putting SOMETHING in their stomach to take the pain meds with, and then save the “real food” for when the medicine started kicking in. That’s actually what I did and I was able to eat without a problem.
Post # 6
I had all four of mine pulled on a friday morning. I was out doing shots on Saturday night. I didn’t take the pain pills, i had no dry sockets. I ate a ton of mashed potatos but if i baby myself i know …. i make it worse. So i treated the day af ter like any other saturday.
Post # 7
Ugh…. I dont have much advice for you. Just sending good thoughts your way cos my wisdom teeth op was soooo sore and I dont wish that on anyone!! Xx
ps when I came home from hospital I started to eat pizza and just about anything. It was not eash and it was sore but I could definitely manage small bites
Post # 8
I feel for you. I recall eating lots of mashed potatos, cereal, custard, yoghurt fresh soft bread and soups. From memory I was back on solids about day 5. Just take it slow and easy.
Post # 9
Sweet potatoes, pudding, orzo pasta. That’s like all I hate when I got mine done.
Post # 10
@SouthernGirl: Yea I was the same way. I lived off the same foods for a week – mashed potatoes & applesauce. I also had chocolate pudding cups… some fancy kind my old roomie got for me. They were so good! Also yogurt & jello was nice for a variety of flavors. I asked my roomies to blend spaghetti or bacon so I could have more food. I was joking of course ;). I couldn’t even eat bread or salad for that week. It will get better in a few days!! I couldn’t eat “normally” for 2 weeks.
I also had bruising for a few weeks all over my jaw. It looked like I was in an accident or something & I couldn’t open my mouth all the way for over a month. I know this because I was supposed to go to the dentist to get a cavity filled but I couldn’t open my mouth & I was scheduled 4 weeks after my wisdom teeth were pulled & they put me another week out & I had to reschedule again.
Hope you’re feeling better soon!!
Post # 11
Ugh, I couldn’t even get off the floor for a week. I was 17 and had a top bunk only bed. I was so sick from the knock you out drugs. Bleh.
Fruit cocktail (or any canned fruit) it’s pretty mushy. Yogurt, cottage cheese, well cooked noodles (flavored/sauced to taste), any veggies cooked long enough become mushy and easy to chew … don’t forget them! I also have friends that loved creamed corn when they had theirs out (blregh… personal opinion). Though you could mix the creamed corn with mashed potatoes if you like it too.
Post # 12
Scrambled eggs. They’re high in protein!
I hope you start feeling better soon.
Post # 13
A year ago, I had extreme dental work done (all my teeth pulled, & all-on-4 dental implants). The first thing they suggested was Ensure shakes. The give you all the necessary vitamins/et al that you need, and they are pretty tasty! (my fave is the coffee latte) Oh, just don’t accidentally pick up the ones for building muscle. I could not for the life of me figure out why I was gaining weight when I was barely eating. LOL
Campbell’s Soup at Hand soups. They are made to be sipped, so those were my savior. Other than that, what the PPs said. 🙂
Post # 14
Thanks for the tips everyone. Today I managed to eat some macaroni and cheese which is the first truly solid thing I’ve eaten. I’ve also gone and picked up some yougurt and a friend made me some vegetable soup that’s nice and mushy. It’s still hard to chew, but I find that most of my pain comes from the teeth surrounding my wisdom teeth. I also noticed that my lower jaw feels really heavy and like none of my teeth feel like they “fit” when I bite down.
I assumed the teeth feeling like they don’t fit is just the result of my teeth shifting back from where my wisdom teeth had been pushing them forward, but I’m not sure why my jaw feels so heavy. Did anyone else experience this feeling too?
Post # 15
@angustia: I have been taking pain meds close to when I eat. Now that they swelling has gone down some and I don’t feel like I’m going to be biting my cheek, I’ve been able to eat a little more. I had some homemade vegetable soup and macaroni and cheese today. I’m going to try introducing other things, like pasta, as the days go on.