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You often need creative thinking when faced with a difficult dilemma. For oral surgery patients, a difficult dilemma could be not being able to eat hard or solid foods after their treatment. In these cases, you may need to get creative with your food to ensure that you get the nutrients you need.

Each oral surgery procedure requires a different recovery period. For instance, healing from a common wisdom teeth removal usually takes only seven to 10 days before you can start eating normally again. For more complex procedures such as jaw surgery, you may need your jaw wired shut for up to 6 weeks. Not only will you need to sip all of your foods through a straw for that amount of time, but you will need some ideas to avoid getting bored with eating the same things.

First, make sure you have a high-powered blender that can completely liquify foods. Next, browse the list below to get an idea of some soft foods you can eat and other foods you can liquefy. You may be surprised at how good some of these taste, even in liquid form.

-Baby food
-Jell-O
-Mac and cheese
-Milkshakes, smoothies, yogurt, ice cream
-Ramen noodles
-Soups of every kind
-Breakfast pancakes and cereals like cream-of-wheat or oatmeal
-Meatloaf and some casseroles
-Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes
-Scrambled eggs and sunny-side puree
-Applesauce and fruit puree

If you require oral surgery, our caring oral surgeons, Dr. Clark and Dr. Anjomshoaa, would be happy to give you more tips for eating after your procedure. We invite you to contact Park Avenue Oral Surgery at 212-644-7009 or stop by our dental office in New York, New York, to make your appointment.