What & when can you eat after Oral Surgery?

Expert advice for when & what to eat after an Oral Surgery procedure.

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Eating after oral surgery is a crucial aspect of your recovery, and it’s important to follow your oral surgeon’s or dentist’s recommendations to ensure proper healing and avoid complications.

The timing for when you can eat after any surgical procedure in your mouth can vary depending on the type of surgery you’ve had and your individual medical circumstances. 

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Immediate Post-Op Period (First Few Hours):
    In the immediate post-operative period, you should avoid eating until the anaesthesia has worn off to prevent accidentally biting your cheek, lips, or tongue.
  • Immediate Post-Op Period (First Few Hours):
    In the immediate post-operative period, you should avoid eating until the anaesthesia has worn off to prevent accidentally biting your cheek, lips, or tongue.
  • Soft Foods and Liquids:
    After any oral surgical procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend a soft diet for the first 24-48 hours. This typically includes foods like mashed potatoes, omelettes, scrambled eggs and soups. Avoid any hot foods and drinks as they can potentially increase blood flow to the surgical site, potentially exacerbating bleeding.
  • Avoid Chewing Near the Surgical Site:
    If you need to chew, do so on the opposite side of your mouth from the surgical site to prevent any pressure or strain on the healing area.
  • Gradual Transition to Solid diet:
    As you begin to show signs of healing, you can slowly move over to more solid foods. Your surgeon or dentist will advise when it’s appropriate to do so. Start with easily chewable foods and slowly reintroduce your regular diet.
  • Hydration is key:
    Staying hydrated is vital for the healing process. Drink plenty of cold water, but avoid using straws, as the sucking motion can dislodge blood clots and slow down healing. In fact, cold black tea is a good drink to have as it helps with forming a blood clot due to tannins in the black tea.
  • Avoid Certain Foods:
    Stay away from hard, crunchy, and hot foods and drinks for the first 24 hours following the surgery, as they can irritate the surgical site and increase the risk of complications.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco: 
    It is important to avoid alcohol and tobacco during the post-operative period, as they can interfere with the healing process.
  • Pain Management:
    Take appropriate pain medication as recommended by your oral surgeon or dentist to manage discomfort while eating. These may be prescribed or available over the counter.
  • Follow Specific Instructions:
    Always follow the aftercare instructions provided by your oral surgeon or dentist. They will provide personalised guidance based on the type of surgery you’ve had and your medical conditions. 
  • Listen to Your Body:
    Pay attention to how your mouth feels. Whilst it is normal to experience some bleeding and/ or discomfort following an oral surgical procedure, if you notice excessive bleeding, severe pain, or any unusual symptoms, contact your oral surgeon or dentist promptly.

Recovery after oral surgery can vary depending on the type of procedure and your medical history, but most patients can gradually resume their regular diet within a few days to a week.

It’s essential to prioritise your comfort, follow post-operative care instructions, and maintain good oral hygiene to promote a smooth and speedy recovery.

If you have any concerns or questions about your specific situation, please contact your healthcare provider or dentist for guidance.

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