A 28-year-old female asked:
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got 1 upper left wisdom tooth removed. when can i eat normally meaning use both sides of my mouth? as of now i've been chewing away from surgical site.

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Depends on pain : Usually a few days of soft diet. But this will depend on the complexity of your extraction, surgical or simple extraction, your pain level and the instructions from your dentist, surgeon. Use common sense, everyone is different. Gradually transition from soft food to a regular diet as you can tolerate chewing harder foods.
Answered on Apr 9, 2015
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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Wisdom Tooth: Give yourself a good week-then start with soft foods-make sure you keep the surgical site clean. Rinse with warm salt water-1/4 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water or saline if they gave it to you to squirt the site-if it feels better and then changes after 3-4 days and starts to feel worse-go to see the surgeon right away as you might be developing a dry socket.
Answered on Feb 18, 2014
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Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Few days: Within a few days. Use pain as a guide. If you can eat on that side without pain - it's ok. If it hurts to eat - wait until it doesn't hurt.
Answered on Mar 25, 2014

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