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A Guide to Post-Wisdom Tooth Extraction Dining

severe-mouth-pain-sq-300Our practice, nestled in Melbourne’s bustling CBD in a grand heritage building, has provided outstanding dental care for over seven decades, including wisdom teeth extractions. Our highly trained dentists can often save you the extra expense associated with having them removed in hospital.

Their extra training undertaken in this area means that most can be removed at our practice. Let’s take a closer look at this common dental procedure and why it’s often necessary.

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth typically develop during the teenage years and can continue to grow into a person’s late 20s. These molars might not always cause issues; however, their removal may be necessary if complications arise. We assess whether your wisdom teeth are healthy and correctly aligned.

Removal isn’t necessary for everyone, but it may be advisable due to impaction causing any or all of these: pain, impaction, the presence of infection, crowding due to pressure from the teeth, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease or irreparable tooth decay. Our highly experienced dental team performs gentle extractions, ensuring each patient’s utmost comfort.

What Can I Eat Afterwards?

If you are scheduled to have your wisdom teeth removed, you may be concerned about whether your dining options will be restricted. We understand the challenge of finding suitable meals after a wisdom tooth extraction and are here to guide you through your recovery journey with ease.

The Immediate Post-Extraction Diet: Day 1 & 2

The first hours after your surgery are crucial for healing. A soft or liquid diet promotes a smoother recovery and helps prevent complications. We recommend the following:

  • Clear broths and soups
  • Smoothies and milkshakes
  • Creamy applesauce and mashed potatoes
  • Yoghurt and pudding or jelly (any flavour you choose!!)

Enjoy these foods slightly warm, consuming slowly for optimal comfort and healing.

Gentle Transition to Semi-Solid Foods: Day 2 – 7

As you navigate the initial recovery phase, introduce more substantial but still soft foods into your diet. Here are a few options:

  • Cooked vegetables (eg, steamed carrots or squash)
  • Soft pasta dishes
  • Scrambled eggs or omelettes
  • Oatmeal or soft cereals

The key is to modify these foods to require minimal chewing effort while continuing to enjoy your meals as part of your healing process.

Returning to a Regular Diet: 1 Week & Beyond

As you gradually reintroduce regular foods, remember to avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods until the extraction site has fully healed. Your comfort level will guide you to adjust your diet accordingly, with each meal contributing to your complete dental health.

General Tips for Post-Wisdom Tooth Extraction Eating

To ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery, consider these additional tips:

  • Use a straw for drinking liquids
  • Chew on the opposite side of your mouth
  • Stay hydrated and maintain excellent oral hygiene

Our exceptional team is here to provide tailored advice and meticulous follow-up care. We invite you to consult with us at any stage of your recovery.


We put considerable effort into ensuring each of our patients’ experiences VIP treatment at every visit. Whether this involves tea or coffee while you wait, hot or cold towels after your appointment or priority boarding with our no-wait guarantee, we want every visit to feel effortless.

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Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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