What foods can I eat after a tooth extraction?

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If you’ve had an extraction with us, you’ve gotten the post-op rundown: soft foods only for the first two days following surgery! Stuck for ideas on what that means? Here are some suggestions from our staff: 

According to Dr. Shango, our periodontist who handles many of our extractions (and is also mother to an adorable 9 month old), you’re basically looking for Stage 3 baby food. 🙂 You want to avoid anything crunchy and/or small enough to get stuck inside the tooth socket. Here are some food suggestions from her and our clinical staff:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed potatoes-sweet and regular
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pancakes 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Soft fruits---mango/plums/peaches
  • Cooked fruits-pears/apples
  • Jello 
  • Cottage cheese

If you’re more of a recipe follower and have a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with the Strobel Family Custard:

  • 6 eggs
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla together in a bowl until completely combined. Pour egg mixture into casserole dish. Sprinkle top with nutmeg. Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Let it sit for an hour to thicken and cool. Yum!

If you are recovering from a dental procedure and have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. Do you have a favorite soft food recipe? Please share with us in the comments!