Nutrition after oral surgery

After Oral Surgery, you may be asked to resume a soft diet.  This may be for a few days following your procedure or it may be as long as several weeks, depending on your situation.  Also avoid excessively hot foods.  It is important to have adequate nutrition after surgery for healing.  You may also be asked to refrain from chewing on the surgical sites(s).  You will then gradually work your way up to a normal diet when you are ready.

 Some degree of discomfort and swelling is associated with all surgical procedures, making the ingestion of certain foods uncomfortable.  Please do not skip meals.  Some prescribed medications are better tolerated with food in the stomach.

Adequate nourishment is vital to wound healing after any surgical procedure.  It also helps you feel better.  You should also drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated.  This also helps to reduce the feeling of nausea.

You may be given a syringe to irrigate the wound or socket to get rid of any food debris.  Please use this carefully so as not to irritate the area.  You may be asked to use this syringe with a warm salt water solution at least after every meal but preferably for up to 5 times daily.

Here is a list of foods that we suggest:

Applesauce, pudding, Jell-O, Yogurt, cottage cheese, pasta, smoothies/milkshakes (NO STRAWS) warm soup, eggs, oatmeal, Mac&Cheese, mashed potatoes, chicken (soft) and fish.  Avoid rice and foods with tiny seeds ect. as they get trapped in the sockets or surgical wound.


Please call the office if there are any issues or questions.

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