A tooth extraction surgery is a big deal on its own. Having it alongside a bone graft surgery requires more caution. Diet is one area to be paid serious attention to as you don’t want to eat anything that will trigger pain, bleeding, and/or will compromise your post-operative healing.
To this end, some of the foods that you are allowed to eat after both procedures will be discussed in this Dental Health Directory dental treatment article.
General Diet Instructions after a Tooth Extraction and Bone Graft Surgery
What you eat after the tooth after the tooth extraction and bone graft surgical process is an important part of oral care at this point. Bearing this in mind, here are some general post-surgery diet instructions:
Avoid Eating or Drinking any Hot Food or Drink
This rule still stands for several hours, a day, or even days after the surgery. Have your dentist help you make the right decisions.
You should not even take alcohol to alleviate post-op pain (which is pretty normal). Rather, use pain medication as prescribed by your dentist.
Avoid Foods that Require too Much Chewing
This can tamper with the blood clot in the extracted tooth’s site and slow down your recovery. For example, you don’t want to be chewing some tasty chicken at this point. Rather, drinking liquid meals or eating very soft foods that require easy chewing is advised.
Don’t Chew with Teeth near the Operated Area
You should chew with the healthy part of your teeth if you have to chew at all. For example, if one of your wisdom teeth was extracted and a bone graft done around that area, use the other wisdom tooth in your mouth for chewing and eating at large.
Don’t Use a Straw
Using a straw would mean that the liquid is consumed with suction. Suction can tamper with the blood clot which is important for healing and recovery. So, drink your smoothie, protein shake, and other liquid foods directly instead of using a straw.
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What Foods Are Allowed After a Tooth Extraction and Bone Graft Surgery
There is a long list of foods that you can eat after a tooth extraction and bone graft surgery. Some of these foods include:
Milkshakes or Smoothies
Besides being safe as liquid foods, both offer nutritional properties needed for recovery. Smoothies for example contain a healthy amount of protein. You can even go the extra mile by adding more; with protein shakes. However, stay away from milkshakes and smoothies made using seeded fruits.
This food is fine provided it is well prepared. You want something very soft and that does not have large lumps. You can even make your mashed potatoes tastier with sour cream and butter.
A wide range of yogurts can be considered. Just stay away from yogurts with additions that can hurt your healing gums. An example is yogurts that contain granola.
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Tomato soup, beef broth, and several other soups are ideal for this period. They offer nutritional benefits and do not stress your teeth.
The good thing about this food is that it can also help with recovery. This is by alleviating swelling (if this is a problem).
These are just a few examples as there are several others. Scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and pudding are also acceptable.
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