What To Eat After You Have A Tooth Pulled

January 26, 2013 158 Comments

What To Eat After You Have A Tooth Pulled

On Thursday I had to have a cracked, back tooth extracted. #18 to be precise. I knew it was going to be difficult to eat for a few days because of the swelling and soreness from having someone in there with dental pliers yanking a piece of me out and leaving a gaping hole.

So I went to my friends on Facebook and asked for some ideas for soft foods I could enjoy with a sore mouth. There were the usual responses you would expect like jello and tapioca pudding but there were also a lot more fantastic culinary delights I wanted to share.

I was also very surprised but the number of people who responded who have recently experienced a pulled tooth. Some were like mine for a broken tooth, others had wisdom teeth removed but it proved to me again, we are not in this alone. Hopefully, when some other tooth missing person with a swollen jaw is search for food ideas, this post will give them some suggestions to try.

Disclamer: I am not a doctor, dentist or nutritional expert and I’m guessing neither are many of my Facebook friends who offered up these suggestions so I advise you to speak with your dentist or oral surgeon for a list of what you can and cannot eat after a tooth extraction.

#1. Suggestion – Don’t suck through a straw! Besides everyone who mentioned this on Facebook, my doctor’s post surgery pamphlet mentioned this too. Turns out the suction will disrupt the clotting going on in the socket left by the missing tooth and won’t heal properly.

#2. My Favorite Personal Suggestion – “Mashed potatoes with lots of butter because I deserve it.” Couldn’t say it better.

Here some of the suggestions in alphabetical order. Many of them like yogurt and mashed potatoes were mentioned more frequently than others but I thought it would be easier just alphabetize them.

I’m sure there are lots more foods you can eat after you’ve had a tooth pulled but this is a good list to start with but be sure to check with your doctor first.

And thanks Facebook Friends for all the great suggestions.

 anything blend-able eggs poached  potato soup
 apple sauce  eggs scrambled  protein shakes
 aspic  eggs sunny side up  pureed anything
 baked beans  garlicky potato soup  pureed beans & rice
 blended spaghetti and meatballs  guacamole  pureed lentils
 butternut squash casserole  ice cream  pureed vegetables
 canned noodle soups  jello  pureed vegetable soups
 carnation breakfast drinks  macaroni and cheese  risotto
 cheesy polenta  mashed potatoes  shakes
 chocolate pudding  mashed squash  smoothies
cream of broccoli soup  mashed taters  soft toast
 creamed spinach  NO sesame seeds  soup
 custard  nothing with lumps  tapioca pudding
 Dal khicdi (Indian food)  oatmeal  top ramen
 eggs omelets  pastina with butter, s&p  vegetable soup
 eggs over easy chicken broth w/ vegetables  yogurt

 


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  1. susan says:

    How funny — and helpful, hopefully not any time soon.
    Hope all is well in Phillie!

  2. kelliinkc says:

    Great list! Interesting to see what people recommend as sometimes you tend to get in a rut with the same foods and methods of preparation……This would also be great for those kids who get braces on. My 13 year old daughter cried herself to sleep the first night she had them on. Because they also put on bite guards she has only two teeth on one side that actually meet so she can’t really chew. She needs foods she can mush against the roof of her mouth–at least that is what she told me! Also, she is not supposed to eat any meat for 8 weeks……we have not abided by that. I have fixed ground meat/sausage and cooked it until it was very fine pieces. Had to do something as she is such a picky eater.

    • Ash says:

      I dont know about meatballs. I was told no ground beef or food cause the lil chunks…kinda like rice Ibthink.

    • Kat says:

      Why were the braces uncomfortable I have to get braces and I am already scared but I do want to know what to expect

      • Kaylee says:

        I had braces for almost 3 years! Don’t worry! They aren’t painful when they’re put on. Sometimes it feels sore when they’re tightened. I just took a pain killer and it was fine. It’s really nothing to worry about. Eating takes a little getting used to though.

    • Beth says:

      This is great thanks had to have 5 teeth out:(Can we add gravy to go with those mashed potatoes:)

  3. amy says:

    This is so helpful, just had my tooth pulled a few hours ago… I was at the dentist practically all day so I am starving but craving ice cream

    • Natalie Catabia says:

      I am getting 2 teeth pulled and one filled on Tuesday i am not scared anymore because I get to eat this food

      • Katriel Pacheco says:

        did it hurt after they were pulled?

        • jtm says:

          I just had mine pulled today. The pain isnt that bad. They will give you some loritab which helps

          • Kami says:

            Luck be with those who get pain relievers! I just had my top, very back left tooth pulled, and they gave me nothing for pain. They said to just take whatever I have at home… I told the I have nothing, and the extraction used whats left of my money. All I got told was, “Just tough through it then.” My entire top jaw hurts. :'(

        • Ange says:

          I had my 2nd wisdom tooth out about 3 hrs ago. As with my last one I was sent home with gauze & no pain killers but lucky I have a good selection. Im taking the pain killers before the pain starts to get on top of it early. Something I picked up while in hospital one time. I made my own soups ( chicken & veggie soup, chicken noodle, tomato & minestrone) & frozen them in advance & have other things like eggs, noodles, veggies any thing soft really. I get my hubby to buy me KFC potato & gravy because it’s so smooth & yummy.
          I recommend to prepare a few days in advance as you might not feel like going out and buying stuff.

  4. Sandy says:

    thank you. I am having a wisdom tooth and a broken molar removed in one session, in a couple of weeks time, so this is handy!!!

  5. elizabeth says:

    cheese and potato pie

  6. Erin says:

    Have literally been home an hour and starving. Straightforward extraction, only took a few minutes. But due to work commitments I need to do my best to make sure it heals without complications so this list is a big help. Thanks for sharing! x

  7. Lucy says:

    I have just had 2 top teeth out on either side what foods would you recommend that I eat considering i have just had them both out today .

  8. Allyssa says:

    I just had two of my top teeth out yesterday. I went to sleep with the freezing still in, now I’m very sore. So this is very helpful! Thanks!

  9. Truc says:

    I got 4 teeth extracted yesterday! So this very helpful!

  10. levonsei says:

    is this only 4-7 hours after it was pulled? How long is the wait?

    You should do what your dentist or oral surgeon tells you to do. These are just ideas from some of my Facebook friends. You want to ask your dentist all the what and whens. – RG

  11. Ihu says:

    This is amazingly helpful! Had a tooth extracted a couple of days ago and it’s very refreshing to find a list of suggestions online that isn’t just soup and mashed potatoes.. my stomach is very grateful! :)

  12. Tanya says:

    Thank you I am so happy because I just had my tooth pulled

  13. Amanda says:

    Thank you- this is very helpful as I had an extraction 2 hours ago! Another good addition is soft pretzels. A box of 6 SuperPretzels is about $2.50 at WalMart, & you pop in microwave for 30 seconds & theyre warm & soft! Thx again

    • Amber says:

      I bought some and thought it would be a good idea I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was mmmmm and they fill u up

    • mickie says:

      ouch is a lot of teeth. I get to have 3 pulled out to on one side of my mouth and one on the other so the list of what you can eat was very interesting I think it’s going to be awhile before I have any real food good time to go on a diet so right before summer

  14. robin says:

    what about brown rice cooked in a lot of broth

    • Pam says:

      I wouldn’t recommend rice just yet. You don’t really want anything small like rice or sesame seeds getting caught in the socket as it may be very painful and set you up for an infection.

  15. Karen says:

    Hmm, my French dentist (I live in France) advised me to use a straw, after my extraction today…I know, everyone in the world (outside of France) says it’s a no no…

    I’m home, and starving, since nerves wouldn’t let me eat before the deed.

    So, I’m having mashed potatoes with the gravy from last night’s veal stew…
    …washed down with a cheap and cheerful Bergerac blanc (another no no…but, hey, I’m in shock! lol!)

  16. rob says:

    i just had 4 teeth pulled today and still am concerned thhat food will get stuck in the wholes.

    • Joe says:

      This is my fear, too. I had three removed 3 days ago(2 on one side and one on the other). I tried a baked potato yesterday and got a small piece stuck in the upper socket. I freaked out, but finally swished it out.

  17. just me says:

    I chuckled at the ice cream, followed by ice cream entry. had a recent extraction and getting tired of pureed bean soup, so looking for new ideas. Thanks for the day brighteners in your great list.

  18. Jess says:

    Just had my tooth pulled my first one and my last….Thanks for the shopping list. on my way to the grocery store!!

  19. Tarshay says:

    Great Great Great advice I went straight to the
    Super Market and this list was very helpful….smiling
    From ear to ear cause this whole situation was traumatizing

  20. Stephanie says:

    Thank You so very much! My neighbor (who lives alone, I think) got home a couple of hours ago and was in a tremendous amount of pain. I wanted to do something to help her out in someway. So ypur list gave me the perfect idea… I’ll take her something from the list and then I am going to print out the list so she can use it for the next couple of days! This is the perfect Christmas gift!

  21. Nicola says:

    Had a wisdom tooth out today and came across this list. Thought it worth sharing a couple of things they specifically said I should NOT eat were rice, and for today only, no hot drinks or soup etc – all mentioned above!

    Also one of the comments above mentions drinking wine… the leaflet I was given to take away mentions no alcohol on the day of extraction.

    Baked beans and omelets are suggested above, both of which I’d normally have with toast – is toast/bread ok?

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      Hi Nicola, I would think toast may be a little difficult because of the firmness. Not sure about bread so be sure to ask your dentist.

      • allison says:

        why no alcohol? my dentist says it kills everything??? i had three top teeth removed and even,eating chicken,noodle soup, the noodles got stuck in the hole.,im starving, so ice cream wont fill me up.,i need more help

        • Chris says:

          Alcohol thins the blood, so it won’t clot as easily in the socket (required to stop the bleeding). For the same reason, my dentist told me to avoid aspirin as a painkiller.

        • Elizabeth says:

          Also, alcohol can react with pain meds and any anesthesia they used during the extraction

  22. Monica says:

    Wow, I’m starving but actually in a lot of pain too so the list of food is nice to know but I wonder which foods are the most comforting or soothing at this point…ice cream sounds too cold!

    • Pam says:

      The cold ice cream will help to alleviate swelling around the site, thus reducing pain. Eat ice cream if your nerves tolerate it. Nothing hot for the first day as you can burn your mouth without realizing, due to the local anaesthetic and numbness.

      • Pam says:

        Hot foods can dissolve the blood clot and leave you with a painful dry socket – avoid this at all costs.

        • Joe says:

          What about ice cream? Someone told me not to have too cold or too hot?

          • Kami says:

            I, too, have been told nothing too hot or too cold. I made myself some chicken noodle soup and let it cool for 15 minutes. It was warm, but not hot. Also, I didn’t try chewing the noodles. I just swallowed them. I was told soft chicken would be ok to eat by my dentist today. I would assume poached or baked chicken. I was also told buttered noodles are fine, but to stay away from pepper. Don’t smoke either! For the same reason as not using straws. If you dislodge that clot, it will result in very painful dry socket.

          • Ange says:

            I agree NO ice cream! I had cold water and nearly went through the roof the pain was so bad and my tooth ached for hours pain killers didn’t help it. I’d be sticking to Luke warm things much safer & less painful

  23. Burj says:

    Nice post! Mine was a “Simple Extraction” of the top left wisdom tooth. I was out of the chair in just 10 minutes. Not a lot of bleeding. Looking forward to having some soup and noodles! Hope this goes through without complications.

  24. Carol Misener says:

    I’m glad to know I’m not alone. In two days I have to have a front tooth pulled and I’m not looking forward to it. It’s nice to know that I have so many “online friends” to help me get through it. I had a molar pulled years ago and it was horrible, I hope this time it’s not as bad. My neighbor told me that I would have to eat soft foods for a week, I hope it won’t take that long to get over it. I remember the, no straw, orders from the dentist. Another agony I remember from the first time was that I got “dry socket” which wasn’t enjoyable at all, in fact, it was absolutely horrible and the remedy tasted absolutely and totally awful. Again, thanks for the help and the day gets nearer.

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      So sorry to hear about your bad times with past experiences. I remember when I had a couple of wisdom teeth pulled. I thought I remember the dentist having his feet on the chair trying to yank one of them out but I think it was the gas that gave me that memory. I just remember he had a lot of difficulty getting that tooth out. Next week I go in for an implanted post. I don’t think it is the same as getting a tooth pulled but I know my jaw will be sore for a few days. good luck with your extraction Carol.

  25. Candy says:

    I just had 3 teeth on the bottom pulled yesterday. All at the back..a wisdom tooth and the 2 right beside it.
    Ive been taking T3s,advil and my antibiotics for the pain & swelling.
    DO NOT DRINK FROM A STRAW!! Anything that you have to suck with DONT it will cause the blood clot in the tooth to come out and then you can get Dry Socket…

    You can eat warm soup, pudding, jello within 4-6hrs after extraction and then after that foods that are soft & kind of mushy for at least 3-5 days….

  26. Candy says:

    Milkshakes are good too and the Ensure drinks too

  27. jcjc says:

    Having yet another:( tooth pulled tomorrow… I am planning my food shopping and so I wound up here. I just read read the above comments and now because of my personal experience I feel the need to post this: DO NOT EAT RICEOR ANYTHING WITH ANY KIND OF SEEDS!!!! If a piece of rice or a seed gets caught in fresh wound( 3-4 days) you’re screwed!!!

  28. Liz Drum says:

    Happy to have found this list today. Today I had a back molar pulled and all I could think of was the normal boring pudding, eggs, soup, ice cream. There are some good ideas here that I’ll be shopping for and trying tomorrow. Definitely going to make the butternut squash casserole and the mashed potatoes with lots of butter because I do deserve it! One thing I ate today was some left over country milk gravy over some plain old soft white bread. I think that’a a southern thing but was perfectly soft and yummy.

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      Hey Liz, thanks for sharing your “southern” treat. Pulled teeth are no fun. I just had an implant put in where the molar was pulled. Not quite as bad but still no fun. Feel better.

  29. Meg says:

    I know its been a year since this was published but I just had a tooth pulled (more in the future to come) and was looking for a list of foods I could eat during recovery. I noticed you had somethings repeated but that’s minor, what really concerned me was that you are NOT supposed to eat anything grainy like rice or oatmeal or grits as they can become lodged in the surgical site. Also you can have yogurts, jell-o and pasta. Hope this helps!

  30. Frustrated says:

    I had a fractured tooth pulled today at about 9:00a.m. It was hard for the dentist to pull my fractured tooth because the tooth had pushed deeper into my gum due to me not having a crown from a prior root canal. Anyway after bleeding for hours I packed my gum with a tea bag and that helped the bleeding. I ate a can of chicken soup and one cup of herbal peach tea and I’m ok. It is hard to take prescription pain meds on an empty stomach.

  31. Viviana Armadillo says:

    I just saw this today. I was wondering foods are allowed to be consumed. I just my first extraction today. Im finding the gauze irritating as im eating. but thank you for posting this.

  32. kendra says:

    Thank you for this!! I am pregnant and had to have a tooth extraction today and this is so helpful!! I need as many options as possible to due to nutrients and this is awesome! My extraction was super quick and I’m not experiencing any pain which is good. They told me soft foods and just nothing super hot because the blood clot but warm soup is OK.. No hamburger or rice or anything grainy because it can get lodged inside. I’m sticking to everything because I dont want to end back up at the dentist lol. Thanks again!!

  33. Ryan says:

    Thanks for this list, would not have thought of eggs, I ate fish last night but noticed I had a piece stuck in the whole so fish is not such a good idea.

    3rd molar lower left. Nasty Nasty piece of work that one. ended up in hospital begging for morphine after the injections wore off! Gosh I miss food :(

  34. Kaycie says:

    I had three teeth removed on one side of my mouth a few weeks ago, and the absolute best thing I got to eat was tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. You can dip the grilled cheese in the soup, which turns it all mooshy, and after that its very easy to eat and didn’t bother my mouth at all.

    I’m not a dentist, so maybe the bread was a no-no, but it worked for me.

  35. Michelle says:

    Pancakes are another good idea. I also have been eating McDonald’s mcgriddles they don’t hurt at all its really soft.

  36. Diana says:

    Thanks for the list of acceptable foods on your post. A very few will help me as I have Celiac Disease and lactose intolerance so I can’t tolerate many of the items because they contain wheat or dairy. It’s this stupid disease that caused the decline of my tooth in the first place! Wretched situation!! But it did give me a smile and that is what I’m lacking as my extraction looms nearer. THANKS!

    • You are very welcome and if anyone who is also lactose intolerant has some ideas, please post them.

      • lulu says:

        I had a fractured back molar pulled about seven hours ago. I forgot to eat lunch before the extraction and was not at all hungry right after. Suddenly I was starving. I am lactose intolerant but okay with cream soup as long as I make it with lactaid. I still blended my cream of celery so pieces of celery won’t get stuck. I know I’m going to crave protein so I’m glad I can have eggs. I’m going to call my dentist tomorrow to suggest a shopping list prior to extractions/implants because you really don’t feel like shopping after. Also I’m going to ask about baby food.

  37. Jason b says:

    I had my wisdom teeth surgically removed and a cracked tooth grafted 2 years ago and just today had a root canal and 2 teeth extracted and graft today for a bridge to be put in. Make sure of a couple of things.

    lukewarm soft foods. Nothing greasy for at least 3 days. (It took me 5 days just to be able to open my mouth so I could shove a burger in it after my wisdom teeth got surgically removed). Mashed Potatoes are ok, Ramen ok but it’s nasty puree. Ice Cream and some yogurt is ok but nothing with any seeds that can get into the holes from the extraction and stiches. So if you get a smoothie you need to make sure no seeds are in it. Scrambled eggs are ok, lukewarm soup. Clearly you can get a shake but no straw. Even pasta is ok lukewarm. So mac and cheese is a lifesaver. Oranges and bananas should be fine. Eggs and pancakes should be ok as well.

  38. Brian says:

    This is a great starter list for anyone interested in what they can eat. Had a pre-molar pulled yesterday in what should have been an easy extraction, however, it took 2 hours to pull. They had to cut my gum open to get access to my tooth. However, even with all this I have no pain and will be eating soft foods until tomorrow.

    The key is not to use a straw until healed. Reason is the suction created can pull out the stitches or blood clot or worse cause a dry socket. This is the second extraction I have had and the first taking just as long.

    The affected area will be really sensitive to heat and cold so avoid contact with these foods until swelling goes down or sensitivity decreases. The first extraction I had mildly hot soup which was fine until it hit the area. I stopped eating immediately.

    I would recommend staying away from rice since I got rice stuck in the socket during my first extraction and had to use salt water to swish around until it came out.

    As far as toast, I would recommend against it only because of the course texture it has. If you chew away from the affected area you may be safe, however, if the affected side is your normal side you chew on, you will be surprised how often food will shift to that side out of habit.

    As for me, mashed potatoes and pudding was on my list yesterday with cream of wheat this morning for breakfast.

    After eating, make sure you gently rinse with salt water or an approved mouth wash given by your dentist to prevent infection or other issues that will prevent the healing process. My dentist said not to use Listerine during this time frame.

    I am in no way or capacity involved with a dentist office or work in that profession. My sister worked for one for many years as an office manager and has given my these tips. These are just opinions offered as advice, however, all information should be verified through a trained medical professional.

    I wish everyone, who has recently had a dental procedure completed, a safe and quick recovery and remember you will be back to eating normal foods again in no time.

    • Michelle says:

      I got a molar pulled today and basically said the samething. Eat soft food the problem with that is it took all my money for that. Dont really have soft food in house I’m starving. I’ve got mashed potatoes in there I’m assuming should be fine. The reason I’m replying back is I ate rice a roni thinking its soft I will be ok . Oh no I got a,piece stuck n one of the holes. Of course I was freaking out but I got it. So I,agree don’t eat rice. It amazing how little the bites I took and it being soft still got in there. It’s amazing how much food moves around In your mouth. I tried to be so careful. I’m rinseing out all the time. Can’t wait till Tom. Going to be stocking up on pudding.

  39. chidozie says:

    Thanks for the list it has been a real source of help. I just got a molar extracted few hours from now. I would utilise the list and hopefully this “challenging times” will be a thing of the past.

    • k todd says:

      Hello;

      I am going to have a molar removed. I want to know if you can still eat on that side after it is pulled. Or should I get root canal.

      Thank You
      K

  40. Gul Dean (Fiji) says:

    Bula from Fiji. I had been trying to access this post since Fri as it is Sunday here today. Anyway I had a tooth extracted only to make way for a molar. Was very painful for days. Now after extraction I still hve a slight throbbing pain that is a bit irritating & I still feel numb on the right side of my face. Thank you very much for this extensive list that includes “fun” foods as well. We don’t have some of the ingredients here in the Islands but we have abundance of soft coconut, ripe bananas & pawpaws (Papayas). Nice soft buttered buns & vegetable & noodle soups. I have already tried mashed potatoes with milk & butter. Nothing beats chilled coconut water. Thanks once for taking the time to share these wonderful ideas & do get plenty of rest.

  41. Thejas Shet says:

    I just got 2 of my molars removed on the right , past 2 days ago , I’m unable to open my mouth , I’m strictly on fluids , and following the list mentioned above , but my Que is how long will it take for this pain to subside , and how long to get these stitches removed ?

  42. john barrett says:

    I have just had 4 extractions . 2 back upper left and 2 lower left..
    I so cautious not to eat anything for 48 hours .. How do y’all do it?? I was told infections will happen if I eat before the 48 hours is up .
    I may be off to the dollar store for pudding and chocolate milk ,, Is that safe.
    Thanks again
    john barrett
    Philly Fishtown

  43. Sammi says:

    Hi there, I just had 9 teeth extracted 3 days ago, 5 wisdom(i had an extra tooth upper left.) and 4 molars 1 top and bottom on both sides. I hardly ate anything for the first 24hrs and am now starting to get a good appetite back. I’m eating yoghurt, ice-cream and jelly (I find these help with the swelling and numb the pain) Mashed potato and gravy and warm/cold custard. I was eating soup but got over that very fast so thanks for the new ideas… i believe i will be on soft foods for some time still. Sammi

  44. Molly says:

    Thank you all for such great advice it was all Very helpful. I just had a full upper and lower
    Tooth extraction about a week ago and have been Looking for someone to talk to about either the healing process of the next six months or anyone who has or Is getting dentures as well as anyone who is getting Or has already gotten implants for their dentures My father just passed away from pancreatic Cancer about 6 months ago and he was my main Support system and I was looking for someone who maybe able to give me some knowledge as to what to expect or any kind of advice etc is much appreciated … Well wishes or anything in between is greatly appreciated thank you all

    • Jo says:

      I’m sorry for your loss. Dental extractions are not easy. I had lower back molar extracted yesterday. I can definitely say NO hot or warm anything for the first day. My post extraction instruction said: NO use of straw over 24 hours to prevent dislodging the clot and have to deal with complications including a dry socket which I hear is very painful. A soft diet was recommended for the next few days. I would definitely avoid smoothies with seeds found in berries. On day 2 I had a butternut squash souffle which I found at Target. Mashed sweet potato, garlic mashed potatoes, oatmeal, fruit smoothie blended with yogurt or almond milk if you are lactose intolerant. I was told by my dentist that I could have eggs, pasta after 24 hours. I also made very soft garlic toast.
      Hope this helps.

    • S. Turley says:

      Almost a year ago to the day I had 8 uppers extracted and impressions for my top dentures. Im diabetic so my dentist wanted me to wait the full 6 months before I could wear my “new teeth” After the initial week to ten days it got easier. Still a lot of soft foods, Hamburger Helper became my friend. Since you obviously cant bite without front teeth, bread, sandwiches and such had to be torn or cut before I could chew them. Pimento cheese is a nice sandwich filler during this time. Starting on my last ten extractions today and it still makes me a bit anxious even tho my dentist has never hurt me. On the up side, I may just lose a few pounds while waiting for the rest of my new teeth! Good luck to everyone going through an extraction – a beautiful smile is just around the corner :)

      • Joe says:

        Great attitude! I have RSD, it’s a painful nerve disease. I had to have three back teeth removed from damage due to the meds, and dry mouth, my RSD requires. One on one side and two on the other. Today is 3 1/2 days. I still am afraid to try solid foods. It hurts so much. We will lose some weight together. Hope you are healing nicely.

  45. Cody says:

    Just had a wisdom tooth removed and I’m a huge worry wart about everything.

    I ended up mixing instant garlic mashed potatoes with chicken broth. It looks like baby food but tastes amazing.

  46. stew says:

    just had 5 bottom front teeth out two days still feeling sh-t…they were straight followed what dentist..but just don’t know what to eat..been dunking biscuits that’s about all..what savory things can i have that’s substantial

  47. Jonathan J says:

    This was such a useful post. I just had my top left wisdom tooth removed this morning and after waking back up I was STARVING!!! I was able to drink some chicken broth,but seriously did nothing to curb my hunger. I found this post and immediately went to the market to pick up some odds and ends. Fantastic suggestions. I would like to add, “butternut squash bisque” to the list. It looks just like tomato soup but 1000 times more flavor. I’m making the garlic mashed potatoes to take to work with me for lunch and they smell amazing.

    Thanks for this post everyone, def made my miserable day a lot better.

    Now what to do about this giant hole in my face….lol

  48. Angela says:

    Thanks for the information. I just had the last tooth on the bottom right extracted. I’m hungry but don’t want to cause further damage to my gum. I guess I’ll have a bowl of cream of wheat to start with.

  49. Jen says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for all the suggestions. I haven’t eaten anything at all all day and am STARVING!!!
    Worst thing is the pain meds they gave me don’t help and I have hiccups from the devil that make my head want to explode everything. I got my first premolar #4 removed today and I guess from swallowing all that blood is that I have the hiccups and a headache and the pain hadn’t gone away and am STARVING!
    Just sent my husband to the store.

  50. Me says:

    Just had one of my teeth extracted 2 hrs ago. Due to a huge abcess I have not eaten since yesterday morning. I am now very hungry, when should I have something soft to eat?

  51. Wynn says:

    Hi I just got five teeth removed, three upper and two lower. This is great for me!! Can’t wait to make mashed potatoes. Thanks :-)

  52. stacy says:

    #18 taken out today. i swear that tooth did NOT want to come out ok?!

    i just made a bowl of instant mashed with a container of PAPA JOHN’S garlic butter, LAWRY’S season salt and cheese….oh, plus i put a squirt of ceasar salad dressing on it since i didn’t have any sour cream.

    i’m eating this with the gauze in my mouth hoping that’s giving me a little protection.

    i will be going to the store tomorrow for some yams and eggs and soups. best case scenario, i could drop a little weight.

  53. Lakeisha says:

    I had another tooth pulled today and I didn’t want to starve myself like I did the last time (I ate only mash potatoes and it got boring really quick) this list is great because I need some new ideas

  54. Krissy says:

    Just had two erupted wisdom teeth pulled. First extractions ever and boy was I stressing! Other than some pinching from the shots it wasn’t so bad.

    Now my mission is to recover, as painlessly as possible (I hope) without getting dry socket. This list is very helpful bit my dentist recommends cold foods only for the remainder of today. Warm foods should be reserved for the day after extraction.

    I am ver hungry though and can’t wait to enjoy some foods on this list. Thanks so much for posting it!

  55. Megan says:

    Thanks for posting this list! I just had a far back left molar extracted a couple of hours ago and I was wondering what to eat. I suppose I’ll start with some warm custard (my favorite!) and mashed potatoes later. Thanks again!!

  56. leanna johnson says:

    This helps out alot because I was so stuck on what to feed my boyfriend who had just had two teeth pulled yesterday. Still not too sure what to really feed him on the second day of recovery but he’s stubborn and still tries to eat foods like pizza rolls and drink hot tea. He works everyday too and I want to be able to pack him lunches. Any suggestions?

  57. Nic Hartley says:

    I just got my upper and lower two back teeth on the right extracted today, and am wondering, is it possible to eat anything with dairy on the first day? I hear it’s not recommended, because you don’t want the dairy to curdle in your holes, but has anyone successfully had dairy with no problems? It’s been 4 hours since the procedure was completed.

  58. Michael Spears says:

    I have two teeth pulled and this helped

  59. antonio says:

    im eatting apple sauce now and i just got my #12 tooth pulled.. GREAT LIST!!!!!

  60. Sonia says:

    I had 3 teeth removed 2 days ago, my lower back wisdom and the 2 beside it, I was told not to drink through a straw as the sucking motion could dislodge the clots where the teeth were removed. I also was told not to eat anything grainy eg: rice, sesame seeds, peas, corn I didn’t eat at all that day until dinner where all my vegie’s were cooked until very soft and placed in a blender so needless to say im living on pureed food for the next couple of day’s, it’s not to bad last night I had a roast dinner all thrown in the blender except the meat it was delicious.. Wonderful list :)

  61. Karen says:

    You are not supposed to eat ANYTHING that you have to chew.

  62. Tim says:

    Interesting list, but the pamphlet my doctor supplied said no dairy… so the shakes, ice cream, and yogurt wouldn’t really work…

  63. Jessica says:

    I had my two lower wisdom teeth removed and I was completely frustrated with the pain but it passed and I have been pureeing everything. Pasta, potatoes, veggies, chicken, fish, cupcakes (with frosting and milk) mmmmm, EVERYTHING! No seeds and nuts of course.

  64. Leah says:

    I just had two teeth (honestly one and a half) pulled yesterday and my mouth is still sore, but I ate some pizza anyway and chewed on one side of my mouth since both teeth were pulled on the same side.

  65. Caitlyn says:

    wow so many people with a pulled tooth. mine was done this morning. even after pain medication i am still feeling excruciating pain. i havent eaten today and probably wont eat at all for today… Most importantly i would rather have a cigerette right now. i would do anything for a cigerette. but i guess considering what a big no no it is i will suffer. pulling this tooth has also made me emotional so that with not being able to smoke. Great times

  66. Kay says:

    Mashed potato with grated cheese melted in, also add grated cheese to scrambled egg for variation and to make them a bit more substantial.

  67. latara says:

    Omg i had a tooth pulled today…i must day it wasn’t that bad i just hate the fact that i cant eat what i want and the pain….. it feels like some one hit me in my face a thousand times… lol thanks for the food tips it helped a loooot!!!

  68. charnell says:

    Just had a tooth pulled not even 30 mins ago and this is very helpful…ill really enjoy the ice cream part

  69. Elaina Smith says:

    Just had two teeth pulled 5 hrs ago and stitches the ones like canine teeth either side took an hour and a lot of pulling they didn’t want to come out looking forward to ice cream and milkshakes from the lisy n egg for breaky thanxs guys good luck to everyone who is healing I feel for u I look like I have been kicked in the head a few times xx

  70. Sande says:

    Had all my teeth extracted on Wednesday. Lots of stitches. Pain killers the first day then went off them. Feeling great but want real food so badly.

    This morning I fried a egg with the yoke broken in butter. Then buttered a piece of soft white bread and put the egg on that. Letting the heat of the egg melt the butter and making the bread super soft and warm. Cut into small pieces and that was easy to eat.

    For dinner I’m having what my father called gravy sandwiches. So I’ll be making Country Pepper Gravy. White bread with warm gravy over it with a side of mashed potatoes. Maybe some Pear Applesauce.

    I live on coffee and that seems to be the only thing that I can’t keep down.
    Great list of easy to eat foods. My neighbor just suggested Baby Food which would already be pureed and easy to swallow. Save having to stand there and do it yourself.

  71. Mary says:

    Thanks for the advise! I had nine of my baby teeth pulled last night, and I am having issues finding food to eat. This is great help! I’ve been eating smoothies, ice cream, applesauce, popsicles, and yogurt since yesterday afternoon.

  72. Sam says:

    I had four teeth pulled yesterday evening and I was home and was wondering what should I eat as I was starving and found this post very useful

    I did prepared Dal khicdi (Indian food) 1 cup rice, 1/4 cup yellow gram, Carrots, potato, garlic, 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder, 4 dry red pepper, salt to taste, just made sure that I added 4 cups of water for one cup of rice to let it mash well, it was easy to grind on a mixer grinder and make like a paste, just to make it easy to swallow instead of chewing my food

  73. lissette says:

    i hd 6 molars pulled out its been five days already i feel fine i still have the stitches on and will have them removed july 5th can i eat pizza? I’m so craving it

  74. alan baumann says:

    i found that patron silver worked wonders.

  75. Usama says:

    Great solutions… Ice cream helped me and I love Vanilla flavor!! :)

  76. Monica D. says:

    My dentist said nothing grainy and no oatmeal. She mentioned mashed potatoes and ice cream.

  77. Stephen says:

    I got a tooth on back lower left pulled and got oatmeal in it… Will it be ok and work its self out?

    • Joe says:

      Swish warm salt water in your mouth, back and forth, until it comes out. You ready need to get it out so the gum will not be effected.

  78. Tiffany says:

    Thank you for this I just got one of my upper right teeth pulled and this will really help because i’m starving

  79. Katie Popi says:

    This is not safe to follow. I just got back from getting a tooth pulled, and the first two things the dentist told me, no smoking, and no hot liquid or food. DO NOT EAT HOT FOOD. At least for the first 24 hours. I just looked it up as well, a lot of sites say do not eat or drink anything hot. Look it up.

  80. Amber Gardner says:

    I just had an infected lower molar pulled out. I don’t like the liquid suggestions because it ends up getting all over your wound. The most helpful foods for me were melon, pancakes, and canned tuna! I could keep these under control in my mouth. Tuna went right down mostly. Applesauce was a fail, it went all over my mouth and with the excess saliva was just gross. And I love applesauce :)

    • Amber Gardner says:

      I didn’t use a fork for my pancakes, either. I have the frozen ones in a pack of 3. I just warm them on a paper towel and pour some syrup in a small dish and dip.

  81. Anita says:

    Just got one top wisdom that grows outwards pulled out. of struggle has caused the gum to swell bad. Dentist was cool reminding me to have full stomach an hour before operation. I did not manage to get hungry hours after the process. yet it is true hot porridge did not help, the ice block my mom prepared was helping the bleeding to stop faster than I expected. I got all food cooked soft and some are cut into smaller pieces. easier to chew and manage in the mouth. my tounge can stop food going close to the gum. fantastic experience. it’s been 4th day and I am still in agony

  82. betts says:

    This is a great list. I just got back from having 2 teeth pulled. I lay in the dentist chair making up a shopping list. Eggs, pudding, mashed potatoes and…

    And I drew a blank. So google is my friend. I like the idea of apple sauce and butternut squash. I had not thought of them. I will toss in yogurt. And muscle milk is a protein drink that you can get at 7-11.

  83. Larn says:

    you should add watermelon!!! I can eat it very well (had a wisdom tooth extraction yesterday)

  84. Kari says:

    Hi, thanks for the list! I am so hungry!
    My doctor sent home a form that said sucking THICK liquids through a straw was bad due to sucking motion, but clear, easy liquids that don’t require much suction are fine. Wanted to share that!

  85. Kari says:

    (Not clear liquids, THN liquids, my bad)

  86. marissa says:

    i just laughed out loud at this:

    “mashed potatoes with lots of butter because I deserve it”

    also i’ll be getting three baby teeth removed probably next week (at 29 yrs old) before getting braces finally. so this list is helpful.

    thanks!

  87. Bea says:

    thank you for this very helpful just got my two molars out and my gums hurt a bit and the shots lord they hurt not as bad tho my jaw hurts too LOL well I could name everything that hurts and all but thank you :) my moms making me some soup <3

  88. krystal says:

    Thank you for your help!

  89. Andrea says:

    Thank you for this list! I went to the dentist today and wasn’t expecting to have a tooth pulled right away. This list helped give me some suggestions to send to my boyfriend since I didn’t realize before hand I’d need these!

  90. Linda says:

    This is a very helpful list, thank you so much! I had a bottom tooth pulled yesterday, not my first. I’m going to cheat and use this to make a grocery list even after healing because a lot of these foods are things I love and I often get stuck for meal ideas! :) Thanks for all your hard work and putting this list together!

  91. joey says:

    Glad to have found this list. Just had 9 teeth extracted this morning at 9am. was done pretty fast. now its 5 or 6 hrs later and just had a warm bowl of super smooth squash soup. the pain meds are kickin in. bleeding subsided.
    gonna move on to yogurt and possibly mashers. probably wait till tomorrow to have “soft” foods like yummy eggs.
    anywho. thanks.

  92. tommy says:

    great posts, had a molar pulled 4 hours ago, nervous about eating hot stuff, but could lose a few pounds, so here is my chance. Yogurt never tasted so good, will try some lukewarm potatoes and tomato soup to get some vitamin c before going to sleep tonight.

  93. Roni says:

    I had a tooth extracted on Thursday; between the pain and being extremely hungry – this post with the list of foods and comments helped. Too scared to eat until Friday evening, I ate with the gauze over the area in order not to get anything in it or on it. Thank You.

  94. Nia says:

    Anyone else had problems with a bad taste in the mouth? My dentist was worse than useless, did not give me any advice or gauze – just a pamphlet with vague and somewhat irritating comments (such as ‘when brushing, be careful around the extraction sight’) well…duh!!

    I got my back tooth (one next to wisdom tooth) removed 3 days ago and getting a bit fed up now. After lots of googling when I got home I noted the best advice to be:

    * swill salt water around the extraction site 3-4 times a day (1 teaspoon of salt in a mug of warm – not hot – water – gently swill for 30 seconds). Tastes awful but will keep the area clean of debris and prevent infection.

    * I moved on to corsydyl (UK medicated mouthwash) after 48 hours to make sure the site was getting anti-bacterial treatment – tastes so much better than salt water and even leaves the mouth feeling fresh! I use it after eating to make sure no food is stuck in the wound.

    * Mooshy food is the way forward! Non seeded Yogurt for breakfast, tomato soup for lunch and a big ol’ bowl of mashed potato and gravy for tea – all very yummy but gets tiresome so branch out with the list provided here (though avoid foods that will easily get stuck in the extraction site such as rice & seeded foods).

    Soft veg and soft pasta is bearable on/after day 3 for me. It’s the bad taste in the mouth that is irritating me more than anything!

    Good luck all :-)

  95. Melissa says:

    I just got an upper left molar removed yesterday so it’s been a good 35 hours and I’m really craving a cigarette, do any of you smoke and if so how long before you started to smoke, and yes that medicine taste along with how the wound tastes is very irritating. Have two stitches, pain has been minimal and I’m able to eat soups, smoothies, pudding, yogurt, but I’m ready for some solids, wondering if I can dig into solids since I have no pain?

  96. amya says:

    helpful my father just had six teeth pulled ouch.

  97. Tereza says:

    Thx so much works so good I hade my tooth pulled out 5 hours ago

  98. Belle Mae says:

    For all of the smokers, yes you should wait as long as possible to smoke, but if you start having nicotine fits like I did slowly hit your cigarette without using too much inhaling. Try to also cover the holes with clean damp gauze, smoke, then take the gauze out, rinse cautiously with salt water and be done. No its not the best thing in the world, but if you aren’t a smoker its eaay for someone elae to tell you not to smoke… =^)

  99. gaz says:

    Hi i just had 2 teeth pulled about a hour ago, this list is very helpfull and im pleased I googled, I will be getting ice cream and mashed potatoes and also soup sounds good yummy, I just want the swelling to go down so I can try eat and I cant talk properly I sound like I have a a mouth full lol

  100. Kimberly Manka says:

    Cool thanks just got 4 teeth pulled so I needed some suggestions on what to eat

  101. Hannah says:

    Omg, gettin 4 teeth out tomorrow, two at the bottom an top either side! Not looking forward to it at all. That list is so great, literally thought I would only be able to eat ice cream for a week. But when u say don’t have hot food for the first day, can I only eat cold/chilled food? I really hate it I prefer warm dinners so much more

  102. Snaggleluv says:

    I found that mashed potatoes w/gravy worked well for me also After day 1 of my first set of extractions..I tried egg drop soup..i freaked out because a bit of the egg got into my extraction site…I very gently swished with warm salt water to get it out..so not sure if that was a good idea..I did however find a week in that hamburger and rice was still getting down in a few crevasses left on the side healing still..today I got a filling and two teeth pulled on top on opposite sides of my mouth..Popsicles have been my friend all day,and I’m about to have some mashed potatoes n gravy..but my previous time..the soft pretzels were amazing..dipped it in butter garlic sauce,also grilled cheese was good for me..I also got different flavored puddings…like chocolate cupcake,banana cream pie,lemon..just to change up for the taste buds..good luck to all getting your teeth pulled is not a comforting thing..glad all the ones Ive had taken are not in my Smile zone..:)..blessings!!

  103. Emppu says:

    Did you find anything that would neutralize the eycky taste of blood? None told me that would be the worst part of the exctraction to taste the blood in the mouth. Not too bad at first, but after few hours…aaargh!

  104. Hannah says:

    the thing about the straw is not true , I bought a milkshake that had a straw in it and I said I was going to look forward to it and she said oh thats good so I think she probably as a professional dental surgeon would of said something

  105. Mar says:

    Thanx 4 the list!
    Got 1 molar out yesterday. Was allowed to eat after 2h..when bleeding has definitely stopped. No alcohol, no hot nor cold. Nooo swishing/rinsing with water either for 2days, that one was repeated several times. Thanx for the NO straw, i didn’t have them luckily.. I’ve had noodle soup and looked for foods that work anti inflammatory: garlic, tumeric, ginger, etc. And i made fresh fruit smoothies. Doing ok. Also hardly any pain meds needed, apparantly my anasthetic works rather long..or my body deals with it differently. Out of precaution i did take one pill within a few hours, as suggested..made my teeth clap as a side effect..so now decided to only take if soreness comes up. I prefer nature to whatever is in that stuff.. ^_^

    Request: please add the useful advices to the first text.. The list of responses is getting way too long to get thru. Thanx!!

  106. Mar says:

    Smoking & alcohol: Nóne for 5-7 days!
    It will affect the healing of the wound.

    As for hot/cold.. Warm is still allowed 😉

    No pressure differences to be made. So indeed no straws. Though: no blowing of noses either. And if you feel a need to sneeze, do so with mouth open!

  107. alie says:

    yesterday had an extraction that was really deep and took a while had to have stitches. was on a soft diet very soft i had some sugar free pudding and hoodise cups yesterday. today i was told some soft foods like solids so i did eggs for breakfast and some bread. going to try some mac in cheese soon and for dinner sweet potatoes pure

  108. Jann says:

    Today I got molar #31 extracted, they had to cut it into 2 pieces because one of the roots was curved, well they had a difficult time getting them out,
    then finally they were out! Well she me she cut a little into my jaw bone to get them, needless to say after the numbing wore off PAIN!! I have Loratab, the best thing to do is to put it into a small amount of water in a bottle and shake till dissolved completely then you could always swish around your mouth and works faster in your system! I wanted to tell you guys my sweet husband went to KFC and got a large order of mashed potatoes and gravy, & macaroni n cheese! They have great Mac n cheese you don’t have to chew just swallow, wonderful stuff! Hugs to you all getting dental work done!

  109. vcomp says:

    I have had 7 teeth removed on the right side of my mouth over the last few weeks (4 the first week; 3 just this past Thursday) in preparation for dentures. This list is very helpful as I was trying to get by on nutritional meal replacement shakes, puddings etc. Had some soft scrambled eggs this morning with a small piece of buttered toast (lightly toasted/soft) with the crust cut off. The best thing I have eaten in the last two days lol.

    I will be having more removed over the next few weeks/month, so I will be keeping this list on hand.

    One thing that may be helpful; I was told that I could rinse with lukewarm salted water after eating, to help keep the extraction site clear.

  110. jeff says:

    I am going to have 15 teeth pulled all on top with immediate denture put in. i am looking at all the the lists as it will be a few days before i can eat. i had 3 root canals done and actually fell asleep during the procedure. no gas no meds just shot of novocain at the root canal site. i was able to go back to work after the procedure and use advil for pain. so that part of it does not worry me, dr said i could go back to work after 4 days however i am taking a week off just to heal up. my concern is being type 2 diabetic keeping my sugars in check. i have been working with my endo and oral surgeon to make sure i don’t get low or have a spike. thanks for the list, i will start my shopping on wed as my appt is on thursday. i am so looking forward to getting this mess out of my mouth.

  111. Don says:

    I just had 15 teeth pulled all my top ones and my bottom back ones an there’s absolutely nothing I can eat besides ice cream an potatoes. Which I’m allergic to potatoes so I’m on a strictly ice cream an pain pill diet I just want real food…

  112. Si says:

    I just had two of my molars pulled, and the pain isn’t that bad. My dentist told me not to eat anything hot for at least 24 hours though. Ice cream and Smoothies for dinner I guess!

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