24 Easy Vegan Wisdom Teeth Removal Food Recipes! (+Tips for Healing!)
Are you vegan and getting dental work done? Worried about what to eat? I know the feeling!! Fret no more with these 23 delicious and filling wisdom teeth removal food recipes, all vegan (of course!).
Just a Bit of Backstory
I am currently 22 and all four of my wisdom teeth had finally grown in. The bottom two still had a little to go, but I made the decision to leave them be.
I figured… there seemed to be plenty of room, why fix something that wasn’t broken? The minor growing pains I experienced from the wisdom teeth wasn’t enough for me to remove them.
(Plus, all that junk the dentist injects into you can’t be great for the body. Even more of a reason for me to avoid the entire situation!)
Welp, I woke up the other night feeling like a hot knife was jammed into my wisdom tooth. Maybe it was finally ripping through the last bit of skin? I tried to wait it out by taking turmeric, ginger, and other anti-inflammatory supplements, but I finally caved and took an ibuprofen (*gasp!*).
That shows how horribly it must’ve hurt if I resorted to an over-the-counter painkiller. It takes a lot, but I have a tiny bottle stashed away as a last-resort. I can take one 200mg tablet, and it works better than back when I would pop 5 at a time for a simple headache.
In all honesty, there seems to be a stigma against vegans turning to traditional medicine. I will exhaust every traditional method first, but I hold on to a bottle for the rare occasion I should ever need it.
Long Story Short..
I ran to the dentist, got some x-rays, and discovered an infection underneath a wisdom tooth eating away my jawbone. I know!! WTF, right!?
The dentist told me that if I wanted to be knocked out for the procedure, it would be another 2-3 week wait. I didn’t care about being put out anymore, I wanted this sucker out now! He prescribed some antibiotics (more on this later..) and I went home to sleep this shit away.
Remember that scene in Castaway when Tom Hanks hammered his tooth out with an ice skate? I was daydreaming about doing it.
Luckily, they called me the next morning to let me know they could squeeze me in if I could be there within the hour.
The procedure itself wasn’t too terrible. I got laughing gas, way too many shots, and tried to ignore the noises of my teeth being ripped out. Luckily, Grimes turns out to be the perfect companion to laughing gas.. I was almost able to pretend there wasn’t a man literally standing up to get better leverage on my jaw.
60 horrible minutes later, the dentist surprised me with “Well, Nick… You’re all done!”
*me in a complete daze*: “omg whaaa?”
Now comes the really horrible part:
- No drinking through straws
- No spicy food
- No crunchy/hard food
- Keep chewing to a minimum
- “Basically just bite down on these gauze pads for a couple of days, drink soda, and eat Jell-O”
- “Oh yeah, and if you f*** up, dry socket is like the most painful thing in existence, so good luck”
Finally, Wisdom Teeth Removal Food Recipes That Heal the Body
Just because I can’t chew doesn’t mean I have to waste away eating frosties, ice cream, and Jell-O! As great as that sounds (and I fully intend to treat myself), my body will heal so much faster if I nourish it. I need every plant-based nutrient I can get my mouth on!
What does this mean? Soups, smoothies, nice creams, mashes, you name it! I focused on recipes that use nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods to help speed the healing process. This includes;
The recipes are split into two categories; Sweet and Savory.
Let’s be honest; that’s all the decision making you have time for.
Speaking of! The recipes listed are all relatively easy to prepare, knowing you’re not going to want to do much. Even better, make someone cook it for you! You deserve to be babied at a time like this!!
Sweet Wisdom Teeth Removal Food
Here it is, folks! All of the sweet, filling treats you’re craving in a tooth-extraction-friendly form!
(Hint: Skip straws, crunchy ingredients, or garnishes as needed!)
Tropical Green Smoothie from Veggie Inspired
5-Minute Chocolate & Avocado Pudding from Eat Yourself Green
Minty Spring Smoothie W/ Creamy Cashew Butter from Spice and Sprout
Blackberry Nice Cream from Phruitful Dish
Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie from Beaming Baker
Beetroot Chocolate Pudding from Laura Peill
Homemade Applesauce Recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Creamy Cauliflower Breakfast Bowl from Unconventional Baker
Turmeric Pumpkin Smoothie from Apollo and Luna
PB&J Smoothie from Domesticate Me
Coconut Matcha Ice Cream from Strength and Sunshine
Savory Wisdom Teeth Removal Food
At this point, you’re probably saying “Those are great, Nick! Unfortunately I still feel like I’m starving to death. Sweets just aren’t cutting it, I WANT DINNER!”
I know, because it happened to me! Smoothies are easy-peasy! Duh!
What happens when you’re ready for something a little more savory? Something to make you feel like you can still eat real food? I’ve got you covered!
(Hint: Skip any hard garnishes as needed. As beautiful as they may be, crunchy bits are going to be the bane of your existence for a couple of weeks..)
Easy Ginger Carrot Soup from Vegan Family Recipes
Potato Kale Soup from Vegan Heaven
Summer Veggie & Bean Soup from Veggies Don’t Bite
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Spabettie
Easy Creamy Potato Soup Recipe from Serving Realness
Corn Chowder from V Nutrition
Raw Red Pepper and Tomato Soup from Vegan Huggs
Black Bean Soup from Fried Dandelions
Butternut Squash and Turmeric Soup from Garden in the Kitchen
Five Ingredient Roasted Broccoli Soup from The Mostly Vegan
Creamy Coconut Carrot & Ginger Soup from A Virtual Vegan
Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Vegan Family Recipes
Cream of Tomato Soup from Eating Vibrantly
What About the Antibiotics?
Ah! Can’t forget about the antibiotics the dentist is sure to have you on! Make sure to finish out the entire bottle of antibiotics before stopping. Failing to do so can lead to drug resistant bacteria.
In fact, even my nurse mother taught me from a young age to avoid antibiotics unless completely necessary. And when they are, FINISH THE DAMN BOTTLE!
“Saving some for a rainy day” fuels superbugs (the meat industry doesn’t need any help with that)!
To replenish the good gut bacteria the drugs are wiping out, be sure to incorporate:
- Fermented foods
- I ate mainly yogurt for the first couple of days. Everything else seemed too tangy for my sensitive gums
- After the 5th day, I incorporated Kombucha back into my diet (I’VE MISSED YOU!)
- A Non-Dairy Probiotic Supplement, taken as many hours apart from the antibiotics as possible
Other Tips for Handling Tooth Removal Pain
First, listen to your dentist!
Everyone is different, every healing process is unique!
The majority of the pain and discomfort occurred the day of the extraction. The next day I was feeling a little extra lazy, and the third almost back to normal!
Salt Water Rinse
48 hours after the removal, it was recommend to do a salt water rinse! I used 2 teaspoons of sea salt dissolved into a cup of warm (filtered) water, swished for 30-60 seconds. It may seem like a lot of salt, but lower concentrations didn’t seem to help with pain much. Experiment!
I used a loose leaf peppermint green tea, but most would work! I would again be cautious of anything too minty, as the gums are still sensitive.
Clove-Based Oral Analgesic
I was luckily had this product on hand when the pain started. The majority of the pain was deep in my gum, but the gums were sore as well. Clove is a natural numbing agent, so this can be used before and after proper healing has established.
Echinacea root, ginger, garlic, onion, and a bunch of other strange things. I either can’t get my hands on / really wouldn’t want to chew on most of these things anyways, but give it a try! Maybe I missed the holy grail of wisdom tooth pain relief!