When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, there are a lot of questions that people have about the process. One common question is when can you eat chips after wisdom teeth removal? Truthfully, as soon as you feel comfortable eating chips after surgery you are allowed to do so. However, we recommend waiting a few days after surgery before trying. In this article, we will discuss why you can eat chips after surgery, common myths about eating chips after wisdom teeth removal, and what to do to promote quick recovery after wisdom teeth removal.
The Importance of Nutrition After Wisdom Teeth Removal
When you are first recovering from surgery, you may not feel like eating much. However, it is important to try to eat a healthy diet and get enough calories to promote healing. That means focusing your time on foods that are high in nutrients. Unfortunately, eating chips after surgery doesn’t really help you meet your nutritional needs.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t eat chips at all after surgery. Despite chips being empty calories they do not pose a significant danger to your recovery process, and you can eat them in moderation.
So When Can I Start Eating Chips Then?
You can start eating chips when you feel comfortable doing so. For most people, this will could be as early as the day after surgery. However, we recommend waiting a few days after surgery before trying.
The key is to listen to your body’s own cues. If you are in pain when eating, stop, reassess, and try a different approach. Additionally, if you want to eat chips we recommend you eat them one at a time and moisten them in your mouth before chewing. In the days after surgery, bleeding is not uncommon and is typically not seen as a cue to stop unless it increases more than normal.
A good example of trusting your body is when wisdom teeth removal patients try eating steak. Steak is an extremely chewy and tough food and is likely to cause pain to the injury site. If you are feeling pain when trying to eat steak, it is best to listen to your body and put off eating that particular food until you have healed more.
Common Myths About Eating Chips After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Yes, it is true that after wisdom teeth removal your gums have likely been cut and need about a week to reattach. Yes, it is true that gum growth occurs at approximately 1 millimetre per day. However, this has created a strong worry among patients that you should avoid any foods that could potentially get stuck in your wisdom teeth stitches or extraction site while healing.
While it is true that chips can theoretically get stuck in the extraction site, this shouldn’t be a patient’s largest concern. In reality, any food has the potential to get stuck in your stitches if you are not careful.
Luckily, swallowing brings food to the back of your throat, not to the side of your teeth where it is likely to be caught. As long as you are careful when chewing and swallowing, you should be fine eating chips after surgery.
Once again, the main concern patients should have after wisdom teeth removal is eating enough food to maintain a healthy diet and promote healing.
Stressing the Importance of Check-Up with a Dentist After Wisdom Teeth Removal
It is important to have a follow-up appointment with your dentist after having your wisdom teeth removed.
Your dentist will check the area around your extraction sites to make sure that they are healing properly. They will also check to see if any food has gotten caught in the extraction area. We recommend that if you see anything stuck in your stitches, to avoid picking at it and instead bring it up with your dentist during your next appointment.
Haphazardly picking at the area can cause a dry socket, which is when the blood clot that forms in the extraction area is dislodged. A dry socket is extremely painful and can lead to further complications.
So, when can you eat chips after wisdom teeth removal? As soon as you feel comfortable doing so! Just be sure to listen to your body and follow up with your dentist.