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What Can You Eat after a Tooth Extraction?

SmoothieOral surgery can include minor matters or more serious dental troubles. Common procedures that may inhibit your ability to eat and speak for at least a short while range from fillings to dental implants. Extracting teeth is necessary when a wisdom tooth is impacted or partially erupted, a tooth has “died” due to trauma, or decay has gotten the better of a tooth’s structure. You may have some slight soreness following an extraction. Garland, TX dentist, Dr. Vai Mi, will offer you tips for choosing the right foods when you are recovering from having a tooth pulled.

Menu Options

When you get any type of oral surgery, including extractions, soft foods are your best bet. Temperature sensitivities may or may not bother you, so get to know your own limitations. Of course, you can make your own decisions on what to eat at which time of day, but here are some basic menu ideas for the three main meals:

Breakfast: Try foods like scrambled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, cream of wheat, grits, or well-blended smoothies

Lunch: Cottage cheese, bananas, apple sauce

Dinner: Soups, omelets, avocado, pudding, smoothies with vegetables added in for added nutrients, protein shakes, ice cream shakes

Don’t be Sharp

Dealing with food stuck in socket where your tooth used to be can be annoying at best, and harmful at worst. Keeping your teeth clean and free of food debris is important so that your smile heals well. Otherwise, and infection can occur which defeats the whole purpose of avoiding infection through extraction. Stay far away from sharp or hard foods while you are on the mend. A pointy tortilla chip, glass-like hard candy, or crunchy bowl of popcorn are examples of foods to avoid in the days following an extraction.


Dr. Vi Mai and the caring staff at Mai Dentistry are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are proud of their beautiful, healthy smiles. With years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we can expertly diagnose and treat early dental trouble to preserve your natural tooth structure. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at (972) 530-0552.


Dr. Mai and her team provide excellent patient care to prevent dental conditions from developing. We monitor your smile with checkups and regular cleanings incorporating advanced technology.
To treat and transform your smile, we can offer fillings and crowns to restore your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty.
We want to help your smile shine with professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and one-visit bonding and contouring procedures.
Our advanced dental technology allows us to provide you with less-intrusive, more precise care.