On the 5th day after wisdom teeth extraction, can I resume normal eating/smoking habits?

Yes. I advise my patients to avoid smoking for the first two to three days following surgery, and longer if possible to avoid the potential of a dry socket and compromised wound healing. I recommend starting on a soft diet and advancing to a regular diet as they can tolerate it. For some people, that means on the way home from surgery.

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Should I be smoking after wisdom teeth extraction?

Not a good idea. Negative pressure and smoke can aggravate the blood clot which allows for healing of the bone. Read more...
No. No. Increases risk of dry socket and delayed healing. For best results, make sure you are evaluated and treated by an oral surgeon. Read more...
No. Smoking immediately following removal of teeth compromises wound healing, and has been associated as a contributing factor in dry sockets. Read more...

When can I start eating normal foods again after wisdom teeth extraction?

Whenever you can. Patients respond and recover differently following surgery. Some patients who have four wisdom teeth eat their regular diet immediately following surgery, while others may remain on soft food and liquids for several days. I advise my patients to begin on a soft diet and advance their diet to a regular diet as they can tolerate it. Read more...
7-10 days. In general, most normal foods are O.K. after 7-10 days. You will feel better, have more strength, and heal faster if you continue to eat balanced diet. Read more...

Gums irritated day 2-3 after wisdom teeth extraction. Is this normal?

Typically yes but... Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon. Some extractions are more difficult and therefore more likely to have extended time of soreness. You need to talk to them to rule out post-operative problems. Read more...
Yes. It takes some time for everthing to feel better. Each case is different. What you describe seems quite normal. Each day should feel better than the previous day. If you have any problems or questions, you should call the dentist who extracted your tooth. Read more...
Yes. It is not unusual to have some facial swelling for the first 2-3 days after surgery. The gum tissue overlying and adjacent to the extraction sites may also sometimes have some irritation during that time as well. Keep the extraction sites clean by following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon. Read more...

I'm wondering how long was it until you can start eating normally after your wisdom teeth extraction?

Once it seals. As soon as your socket (hole) heals and closes up, you will be able to return to normal eating. Until then, it is important to avoid food impaction in the socket. If you meant "chewing food normally", you should be able to do so once the discomfort disappears. This will likely take 1-4 weeks, depending on the involvement of surgery and your healing ability. Be sure to have a balanced diet to heal! Read more...
Depends. This will depend on the amount of pain you are having and the nature of the extraction. If you are still having pain then keep the soft diet. Build up, to, normal foods as you start to, heal and have little pain.. This will differ for everyone. Use your common sense , if it hurts then don't eat it , wait a few more days. Read more...
Varies. Start with a soft diet after surgery. You can usually advance your diet as tolerated. If it doesn't hurt to eat a particular food, it's probably ok. Read more...

9 days post all 4 wisdom teeth extraction. No pain/no infection. Can I start eating more normal food (not mush)? I do have fairly large holes.

Yes. Yes, if eating a food doesn't cause any pain, eat it. I holes will disappear over time. Rinse or flush after eating if any food particles enter the sockets. Read more...
Wisdom tooth . You can start eating more normal foods now. It sounds like you are healing normally. Keep the holes, sockets, clean by frequent rinsing. The holes will fill in over time. Read more...
Normally YES. Normally, post-op 9 days, you can eat a more normal diet, but you need to follow your dentist's/oral surgeon's instructions. You should not drink through a straw since the sucking in may create a dry socket, stay away from chewy or foods/chips with jagged edges, etc. Ask questions. Read more...
Post Op. You should be able to resume a normal diet at this time. Keep the sockets clean by brushing, flossing and at least rinsing after meals. The sockets should continue to close over time. If anything changes, call the dentist treating you. Read more...

I'm wondering how long after wisdom teeth extraction can I eat normally?

Post Op Instructions. That depends upon what you call normal and the difficulty of the extraction, along with your medical history. You should discuss this with the dentist who will be or has removed your teeth. Written and oral instructions are usually given to patients following the procedure. Read more...

I'm wondering how long after wisdom teeth extraction can I eat normal foods?

1 - 2 weeks. Usually you are sufficiently healed by this time to not impact food into the extraction sites. You are also generally feeling comfortable enough to chew without irritating the healing tissues. Good luck. Read more...
7-10 days. In general, most normal foods are O.K. after 7-10 days. You will feel better, have more strength, and heal faster if you continue to eat balanced diet. Read more...
It May Depend. How soon you can eat "normal" foods following wisdom teeth removal may depend on how many teeth were removed as well as the location of the teeth (one side of the jaw or both sides). Another possible consideration would be what your consider to be normal foods as we are in a society where diets vary from person to person. Read more...