The Maryland Center treats patients throughout the Baltimore area, including Owings Mill, Hunt Valley, and Bel Air, MD. Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common procedures we offer, helping patients maintain a well-aligned smile and proper oral health.

Our surgical team will spend time with you before your procedure to ensure that you know what to expect. Following wisdom teeth removal, we:

  • Provide you with prescriptions for pain medication and, depending on your needs, antibiotics.
  • Offer post-operative care instructions.
  • Send you home with gauze and other materials that will make your recuperation easier.

For patients in Owings Mill, wisdom teeth removal also means a temporary change in diet. Find out what you can expect after surgery.

Eating Choices Following Your Procedure

Most patients recover within a few days of wisdom teeth removal, but there are some steps you should take to ensure a successful outcome. One of the most important is protecting the surgical site where the doctor operated.

The Maryland Center will recommend that you:

  • Eat easy-to-chew foods following surgery. Try to think less about the consistency of the food and more about how much work you need to do to eat (pancakes are super-soft, but they probably aren’t a good idea because you’ll have to chew them extensively.)
  • Avoid straws. You want to prevent sucking because this may dislodge the blood clot, which causes pain and delays healing.
  • Avoid foods that are very cold, hot, or spicy. After wisdom teeth removal, your mouth will be very sensitive to extremes in temperature and taste.

Food Recommendations for Owings Mill Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients

During the first few days of recovery, The Maryland Center’s doctors suggest liquids and other easy-to-chew foods. Here are some recommendations:

  • Applesauce and smoothies (avoid drinks that are too icy.)
  • Rice and mashed potatoes.
  • Gelatin and pudding.
  • Thin soup.

Within a couple of days, your mouth should be healed enough that you can gradually add other foods back into your diet. Along the way, feel free to ask our staff whether or not a meal you’d like to eat will be a good option after surgery.

Considering wisdom teeth removal? Contact the Owings Mill office of The Maryland Center at 410-363-7780.