Wisdom Teeth - Columbus,OH

Updated on September 08, 2014
M.K. asks from Columbus, OH
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Ok, so my daughter (16) is having all four wisdom teeth pulled next Friday. It's been years since I had mine yanked and I know they'll give us directions like no drinking from a straw, etc. I told her she'll basically just come home and go to sleep for several hours and take pain medicine. So, my question for you moms (and dads): what can I have here for her to eat or drink that would be a treat and/or would go down easily? (I seriously cannot remember what I did after mine were pulled.) Thanks!!

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Thanks everyone! I knew you all would come thru for me!! lol!! I can't believe I didn't even think of mashed potatoes - she loves those! And the jello before it "hardens" - that's a great one! Warm jello is so yummy!! My brain is just not working right - if you read my previous posts, I'm still going thru what is turning out to be a nasty divorce - on his part, not mine - and I just can't remember anything right now! Thanks again!!

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answers from Chicago on

How about chicken broth heated but not too hot, or other liquid soups,
creamy drinks, does she like V8 juice? That's filled with nutrition.
Perhaps if you are worried about vitamins give her a liquid powder meal, and as she gets better just soft things...She'll be up and about in no time. Brave girl!!!

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answers from Grand Forks on

I remember eating lots of soup, mashed potatoes with gravy, applesauce and pudding for about a week.

ETA: Mine were all impacted, so I didn't just have them pulled, I had surgery.

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answers from Dallas on

My daughter got all 4 of hers out in June of 2013.

I think healing has a lot to do with how the procedure is done, attitude of the patient and most importantly, following Dr order

She had a hard time swallowing anything, especially the pain meds right after surgery but that got better within a day. She slept a LOT, I pushed water, Gatorade, jello, and anything she did not have to chew. She is not big on ice cream and things like that so we stuck to healthier options. The jello was a hit because she could also "drink" it.

Of course no straws. The Dr. sent her home with an ice pack that wrapped and attached to her head with extra ice packets to keep it ready for her. She used the ice a lot and it seemed to keep swelling and bruising at bay. Her fear was dry sockets which can be very painful... I had them when I got my wisdom teeth out and it was hell. We wanted to avoid those at all costs if possible and we did.

Her procedure was on a Monday and she was out with friends, very casually.... just a movie on Friday night. She was off pain meds within 48 hrs

She stayed on soft foods a few days just because she didn't want to mess anything up in her mouth.

Keep a towel handy for and I had a "vomit bowl" close by just in case she got sick from any meds.

Good luck!

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answers from Columbia on

I had mine out last July. No hot foods for the first couple days. No using a straw. Get several ice packs that you can switch out. Keep her jaw iced, and be sure to write down her medication schedule. If you run out of meds and she needs more, call and ask for a refill. Also, ask for the plastic syringe she can use to clean her sockets after she eats. That thing is fantastic.

I avoided solids quite a lot the first couple of days and ate Jello, pudding, cooled broth, milkshakes (vanilla, because the chocolate made me nauseous). I tried applesauce, but didn't like how it felt in my mouth.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Talk to the surgeon. I took care of my sister when she had hers out. I was surprised that the surgeon specifically told me to make sure she had real food. Soft food - like chicken noodle soup with well cooked noodles or mashed potatoes - not just liquid/broth. The surgeon said she needed real food to keep the pain meds from making her sick.

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answers from Austin on

There is a place here in town that used to make the Best milk shakes. My mom drove by there on our way home To purchase one for me and I would eat it every once in a while with a spoon. Also mashed potatoes were really good.

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answers from Minneapolis on

My son had his out at 16 also, but they were impacted. Pulling should be an easier procedure with less recovery time :)

Initially just clear liquids as you don't want to get any food bits into the open wounds. then just soft foods that aren't too hot - Carnation instant breakfast is good for that kind of thing. I made homemade potato soup and he doesn't really eat it now b/c he had so much of it. He always had apple sauce with the pain meds and ate pudding, ice cream, gatorade, mashed potatoes, etc.
I think it was about 5 days out and he was starving so I grabbed a hamburger for him while we were driving out of town. It took him about an hour to finish it, but I told him that eventually he'd get hungry enough that he'd find a way to eat real food. he just broke off tiny little bits.

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answers from Washington DC on

pudding. creamy soups. mashed potatoes. ice cream. milk shakes! (endless milk shakes made my recovery from 4 wisdom teeth out almost a treat!) jello. smoothies. yogurt. apple sauce. cottage cheese.
or whatever she's craving, pureed in your vita-mix.

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answers from Kansas City on

I just basically ate things I didn't have to chew.

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answers from Chattanooga on

I would grab a bunch of Campbell's soups.... Tomato, clam chowder, etc. they are all sufficiently soft enough that you don't have to chew at all.

Jello, applesauce, pudding, ice cream, yogurt, etc.

My dad tried to eat oatmeal when he got his out- DONT! The oats got stuck in the sockets, and he had to dig them out with toothpicks. NOT fun for him, and he wound up with a dry socket in one. Eesh. I would probably avoid anything with chunks that could get stuck.

For a laugh, you should look on Youtube for the girl who did the ice bucket challenge after getting her wisdom teeth pulled, lol.

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answers from Washington DC on

After I had mine pulled, I ate mac n cheese and canned green beans for dinner. Chewed with the front of my mouth, but it tasted good.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Pudding, jello, mashed potatoes a few hours later but they have to be non-chewable, mashed very well. Nothing that causes suction in her mouth like the straw would or her blood clots could pop out and leave the socket exposed.

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answers from Norfolk on

When I had mine out (all 4 at once when I was 16) I was eating pizza 3 days later.
Follow doctors instructions.
Soup broth is great.

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