It’s the last few days before your procedure and you’re wondering what you can eat afterwards. If you’re thinking “I need to know what to eat after wisdom teeth surgery” this list was made just for you. The first few days you will only be able to have soft foods that you can swallow without chewing. Think soup, yogurt, milkshakes, etc. I’ve found a few excellent options that helped me get through the days after my surgery. So I’m sharing them here with you with the hope that they can help you too. You’ll want to get your groceries a few days before your procedure to make sure you’re prepared. Once you are home after your surgery, you should not be driving to get food for 3-4 days.
Here is a list of foods you can eat after wisdom teeth surgery organized by timeline. As you continue on down the list, the foods mentioned in the previous table can also be eaten in the times following as well. So if you’re on day 5 (3 days – 1 week after) you can eat mac & cheese and also still eat creamy tomato soup (day of – 3 days after). Remember that you cannot use a straw!
Day of Surgery – 3 Days After
|Type of food||Example|
|Creamy Tomato Soup||Walmart Market Street Tomato Bisque Soup|
|Butternut Squash Soup||Any|
|Protein Milk/Milkshake (without a straw)||Core Power Protein Shake - DO NOT use a straw!|
|Yogurt (without fruit or toppings)||Yoplait, Chobani, etc|
|Mashed Banana||Mix in cinnamon for added flavor|
|Ice Cream (no mix-ins)||French vanilla, chocolate, anything without chewy or crunchy pieces mixed in|
|Chicken/Beef Broth||Progresso Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth|
|Queso Dip (without chips)||Ole Plain Cheese Dip, Queso Melt Original|
|Pillsbury Shape Sugar Cookies (cooked soft NOT crunchy)||Pillsbury Ready To Bake Pumpkin Shape Sugar Cookie Dough|
This soup was a lifesaver for me. I went through a few containers of it the first few days. It has a runny consistency and is easy to eat and swallow while you’re still sore from surgery. Oh, and it’s delicious too! Like I mentioned in my surgery experience post, I found it easier to drop the food from a spoon onto my tongue the first day until I was able to eat off of a spoon. I also really loved the Fairlife Core Power Protein drinks, but they’re a bit pricey at $3 a piece.
▶ IMPORTANT: Do NOT drink through a straw or spit. These can break the blood clots that formed, increasing the time it takes to heal and putting the wounds at risk of improper healing.
3 Days – 1 Week After
|Type of Food||Example|
|Meatloaf (crumbled into small pieces)||Hormel Homestyle Meatlof with Tomato Sauce|
|Mashed potatoes||Hormel Homestyle Mashed Potatoes|
|Broccoli (soft and mashed)||Any|
|Instant Oatmeal||Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal|
|Chili Without Beans||Hormel Chili No Beans (SO YUMMY!)|
|Scrambled Eggs||Scrambled Eggs with Cheese - the only way to eat them!|
|Donuts (in small bites)||Dunkin' Blueberry Iced Donut, Tastycakes Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts|
|Mac & Cheese (cooked soft)||Annie's Macaroni & Cheese, Velveeta Shells & Cheese Mini or Original|
|Cheesecake (with no mix ins)||Any creamy cheesecake without nuts or chocolate chips/chunks|
After a few days I found it easier to eat more foods. It is still important to eat soft foods and avoid hard or crunchy items like chips. However you are able to eat more solid foods like meatloaf and potatoes. You can slowly start to experiment with eating different foods. Just be mindful and eat your food slowly and carefully to avoid irritating the surgery areas. And take small bites.
1 – 2 Weeks After
|Type of Food||Example|
|Burger (cut into small pieces + no bun)||Jenni-O Seasoned Turkey Burgers, Bubba Burger|
|French Fries (cooked soft, not crunchy)||McDonald's, Zaxby's, Chick-fil-a, Arby's|
|Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets||8-piece Nugget at Chick-fil-a|
|Pancake||Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete mix + add vanilla extract|
|Peanut Butter||JIF Creamy Peanut Butter|
|Muffins or Cake||Chocolate, vanilla, blueberry (no chocolate chips or nuts)|
|Pasta - Spaghetti, Penne, Macaroni (cooked soft)||Cheesecake Factory Pasta With Alfredo & Chicken. SEE TIP BELOW|
|Cheese Pizza||Papa John's, Johnny's Pizza, Pizza Hut|
|Soft Chocolates||Reece's Cups, Milky Way, Ghiarardelli Intense Raspberry Radiance Bar|
|Enchiladas, Rice & Beans||On The Border Chicken Tinga Enchiladas with Rice and Refried Beans|
|Grilled Cheese Sandwich||Be careful with anything added in such as bacon, tomatoes, etc|
|Bread + Butter||Pepperidge Farms Swirl Cinnamon Bread|
TIP: At Cheesecake Factory order the “Chicken and Broccoli” pasta and ask for parmesan alfredo sauce instead of olive oil. 🤤 Absolutely delicious!
I hope this list of foods has been helpful. I did a lot of research before my surgery and also learned from personal experience what to eat after wisdom teeth surgery. You can read the full story of my wisdom teeth surgery experience here. If I missed anything or you have any additional suggestions for this list, please let me know in the comments and I will be happy to add them.
Wishing you the best of luck with your procedure! I pray for a quick and easy recovery for you.