Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

August 14, 2010

A bowl of well cooked chicken noodle soup.What foods do you eat after you have all your teeth pulled out?

By staceycotten from GA



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You can eat everything you are eating now. You may have to put some foods through a food processor, even a small one will work just fine.

You can turn almost any soup into a cream soup until your gums toughen up, or you have dentures. Some things are easier to eat without the dentures, so be prepared to experiment until you are happy with the results.

Wishing you the best.


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Hello, my daughter is an RDA. She said do not use a straw! The straw can cause any sutures or clots to break and bleed. She also said to eat very soft foods.


She recommends having your new dentures placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth are pulled. Please ask your Oral Surgeon for any advice. Good luck.

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Have popsicles ready for when you immediately get your teeth pulled. The cold feels wonderful, and you can reach in and put them right where you need it. However, do not suck them! You can suck out the clot that forms in the tooth's socket, which allows the incision to properly heal. It is extremely painful. Just allow them to melt in your mouth. After a few days, you will feel better and be able to eat much more.

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I'm having the last of my teeth pulled so I can get dentures. From my experience this whole list of meals are easy to consume with no teeth:


-imitation crab
-hamburger helper
-cottage cheese
-mashed potatoes
-shepherd's pie
-pulled chicken or pork meat
-tuna (and tuna sandwiches)
-most canned food
-diced tomatoes and macaroni
-pork chops w/mushroom soup in crockpot
-sloppy joe's
-- and, of course, ensure

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The first few days your gums will be sore so you probably will not feel like eating a lot, but you will want to keep your fluids up so plan on drinking extra fluids. When you do get hungry, start out with soft foods like scrambled eggs, oatmeal or grits. Stock up on soups, and it should be easy to eat mashed potatoes, or you can mash up steamed vegetables such as carrots or buttered peas and rice.


As your gums start to heal and the pain subsides and of course the swelling subsides you will find it easier to start eating other foods but it's a fairly slow process. Best of luck to you!

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January 21, 2018

I just had all my upper teeth removed on the 15th of the month. When will I be able to eat foods like pizza, fried chicken, steak tacos, or chitterlings?


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January 21, 20181 found this helpful
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It can take a couple of weeks. You can try cutting the pieces of food into very small bites.

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January 23, 20181 found this helpful
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I would advise you to first contact the dentist where you had your teeth extracted. I am sure right now you can only eat soft food, hard food would probably cut into the gums.

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January 9, 2015

I had 5 teeth removed 18 hours ago and would like to ask if I can eat chicken? When can I start eating normal food? I would like a answer as soon as possible. Thanks.

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January 9, 20152 found this helpful
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Didn't the dentist give you any ideas about this? That being said I wouldn't want to risk getting food particles in the cavity where the teeth were.


I would think cream type soups would be OK, and I also ate a lot of baby food when I had my teeth pulled.

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November 8, 2014

I had all my teeth removed. What can I eat?

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Yogurt. Milk puddings. Applesauce. Soups, with crackers or bread soaked or dipped in. (Immediately after, you don't want hot things, but you can cool them off. And you want soups that are blended or with very mushy things for the first little while.) Mashed potatoes or any mashed veggies.


Mash or blend things that are soft already, like sardines or even tuna or salmon. Drink Boost or those meal replacement drinks. It is not that other foods are unsafe, but that they require chewing, which you will not be able to do for awhile.

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August 10, 2018

I had 3 top teeth pulled 2 days ago. Is it safe to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made on safe bread?


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August 10, 20181 found this helpful

I would cut it in small pieces first

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August 10, 20180 found this helpful

My dentist and my husband's oral surgeon always give very specific directions on what to and not to eat and how many days post surgery.

To be safe, if your dental person didn't tell you, I strongly recommend to call the office back and ask.

Some foods can pull on stitches or get lodged and that can cause infection and gum damage. Safety first with stuff like this. Dental infections are you want to follow their directions to a T.

Good luck! Hope you heal quickly!

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August 11, 20180 found this helpful

i would avoid foods that are in essence very sticky and sugary that can get lodged and cause disease and peanut butter and jam on whatever bread sounds like it to me

also you should not smoke for at least a month, if that's your thing

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August 12, 20180 found this helpful

My friend just went through similar dental surgery and he was instructed to eat only soft (soup-like food) for 2 weeks (when he returns for a check-up).

This may not be to your liking but it is important that you eat nothing that may cause a problem later on as good care right now will mean a lot when you finally get your new teeth.

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August 12, 20181 found this helpful

Personally I would avoid peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Probably would just eat bread by itself (un-toasted) especially if you had 3 top teeth pulled.

Perhaps smoothie, yogurt or soup. You should follow up with your surgeon or dentist in regards what to eat/not eat, or their recommendations.

Peanut butter and jelly is chewy, sticky - would require flossing and brushing throughly.

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August 14, 20180 found this helpful

When I had 8 pulled in one day, I was hungry but knew I couldn't eat for a few days. I invented "Instant Potato Soup". I took the packaged Idahoan and made it with 3 cups of water instead of 2. It's going to solidify on your stomach later but it goes down with something warm and satisfying. Another good one is yogurt, keeping your dairy up and the salt down. Your teeth will help but for now, be gentle with yourself.

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

I've worked in dental for 12 years. No smoking for at least 24 hours after your extractions. No using a straw for 48-72 hours, as sucked can release the blood clot and trust me, you've never felt true pain until you've experienced a dry socket! Eat soft foods like mashed taters, yogurts, and creamy soups for at least 24 hours. You don't want to chew anything on the extraction site(s) until the clot has formed and the healing process begins. Basically, you know when you can eat more solid foods. Definitely nothing seedy, no peanuts and no popcorn. If you do go for a PB&J sandwich, cut it into small, bite-sized pieces and place in mouth away from extraction site(s). I don't suggest pizza or any kind of chips, as the crust and all chips have the ability to cut into your gums and this could prove to be very painful. Your body knows what it can tolerate. The main rule is NO smoking and NO straws for the first little while as stated earlier. Call your dentist if you are ever in doubt.

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July 26, 20190 found this helpful

Pb&J is on my list of APPROVED foods to eat.

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August 14, 2010

I have to have all my teeth pulled to get dentures, weak teeth run in my family. I was wondering what kinds of food will be soft to eat, that don't require any chewing...

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