24 Easy Vegan Wisdom Teeth Removal Food Recipes! (+Tips for Healing!)

vegan's guide to dental work, plus 24 easy wisdom teeth removal food reicipes

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.

SCORE!

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”

 

WHAT!?

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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!)

  1. Tropical Green Smoothie from Veggie Inspiredtropical-green-smoothie

  2. 5-Minute Chocolate & Avocado Pudding from Eat Yourself GreenChocolate avocado pudding

  3. Minty Spring Smoothie W/ Creamy Cashew Butter from Spice and Sproutmint smoothie with cashew butter

  4. Blackberry Nice Cream from Phruitful Dish
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  5. Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie from Beaming Bakervegan-strawberry-peanut-butter-smoothie-v-gluten-free-dairy-free

  6. Beetroot Chocolate Pudding from Laura Peillbeetroot chocolate pudding

  7. Homemade Applesauce Recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchenhomemade-applesauce

  8. Creamy Cauliflower Breakfast Bowl from Unconventional Bakercauliflower-breakfast-bowl-grain-free-dairy-free-gluten-free-fat-free-refined-sugar-free-nut-free-porridge

  9. Turmeric Pumpkin Smoothie from Apollo and Lunaturmeric pumpkin smoothie

  10. PB&J Smoothie from Domesticate Mepeanut-butter-and-jelly-smoothie

  11. Coconut Matcha Ice Cream from Strength and Sunshinecoconut-matcha-ice-cream

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..)

  1. Easy Ginger Carrot Soup from Vegan Family Recipeseasy_ginger_carrot_soup

  2. Potato Kale Soup from Vegan Heavenvegan-potato-kale-soup

  3. Summer Veggie & Bean Soup from Veggies Don’t Bitesummer-vegetable-bean-soup

  4. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Spabettieroasted-garlic-mashed-potatoes-spabettie

  5. Easy Creamy Potato Soup Recipe from Serving Realnessspooding out vegan creamy potato soup recipe

  6. Corn Chowder from V Nutritionvelvety-vegan-corn-soup

  7. Raw Red Pepper and Tomato Soup from Vegan Huggsraw red pepper and tomato soup recipe

  8. Black Bean Soup from Fried Dandelionsblack bean soup recipe

  9. Butternut Squash and Turmeric Soup from Garden in the Kitchenbutternut-squash-soup

  10. Five Ingredient Roasted Broccoli Soup from The Mostly Veganfive ingredient roasted broccoli soup

  11. Creamy Coconut Carrot & Ginger Soup from A Virtual Vegancoconut carrot ginger soup

  12. Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Vegan Family Recipeshealthy-mashed-sweet-potatoes-

  13.  Cream of Tomato Soup from Eating Vibrantly

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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

vegan and natural tips for dealing with wisdom teeth removal pain

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!

  1. 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!

  2. Peppermint Tea

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Chewing On..

    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!

 

21 Comments

  1. Larissa Tedesco

    October 11, 2016 at 12:11 am Aww thanks for including my recipe! I remember how terrible it was when I go back from my dentist after removing all 4 (yes, all of them) wisdom teeth and having to eat ice cream (the store-bought stuff) made my stomach churn. Hope you are a lot better now! Peace & Love, Larissa http://eatyourselfgreen.com Reply
    • Nick

      October 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm I couldn't believe the instructions were for me to go out and get a frosty! 😂 Fully solid ice cream somehow seems even worse! haha Reply
  2. Strength and Sunshine

    October 11, 2016 at 4:45 am Heal up, my friend! When I got all 4 of mine out 3 years ago, I good with pain, so I just took my antibiotic, Advil about 2 times for the first 2 days and even ate an apple that same night after my surgery :P Bahaha! The worst part was somehow getting an infection 6 months AFTER they were taken out! That surgery to clean the infection with hell! I hope my coconut matcha ice cream helps ;) Reply
    • Nick

      October 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm Oh my god, noooo!! I thought I was in the clear, that sounds horrible! 😱 Reply
  3. Ribas with Love

    October 11, 2016 at 7:29 am Hi Nick! sorry about your experience there and hope all is well. Although I can imagine the pain you went through, you were actually able to make your story quite "entertaining" for the rest of us. Definitely a fun read! Lovely selection of recipes as well, and thank you for including my Butternut Squash Soup with Turmeric! xoxo Reply
    • Nick

      October 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm Thank you! Luckily the situation is a lot funnier looking back on it 😂 Reply
  4. Jenn

    October 11, 2016 at 1:16 pm You definitely want to listen to doctor's orders! I had all 4 of my impacted wisdom teeth out when I was younger and ended up with dry socket twice. Horrifying. This round up is definitely going to keep your tummy happy while healing! Thanks for including my smoothie. :) Reply
    • Nick

      October 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm Oh no!! Literally my worst nightmare :( My mom (on the way to the appointment, mind you) was telling me dry socket was worse for her than child-birth. No thank you! Reply
  5. Laura // Chronicles of Passion

    October 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm This is a great list Nick! Thanks for including my beetroot pudding in it. hope you are on the mend and all is well! Reply
    • Nick

      October 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm Thank you! I just wish I had found the recipe before my surgery! hahaha Reply
  6. [email protected]

    October 12, 2016 at 5:09 am Such a great idea for a roundup! I hope your teeth are feeling better. I had my wisdom teeth pulled too and it was not a great week - and the noises were horrible like you said. I wish I had your roundup then! And thanks for including my Corn Chowder! Reply
    • Nick

      October 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm Thank you!! I'm feeling 1,000x better! It's just a matter of babying you body afterwards ;) Reply
  7. Melissa @ Vegan Huggs

    October 12, 2016 at 10:29 am I love this roundup! I seriously could've used this when I had three removed last year. I was in so much pain. I can't believe you did it with just laughing gas. I was way too scared to hear that cracking noise. You are very brave! Thank you for including my tomato soup recipe :) Reply
    • Nick

      October 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm It's such a stressful situation!! I just wish I had put the roundup together before I went through it haha Reply
  8. Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes

    October 13, 2016 at 9:14 am Thanks so much for putting this together! What a wonderful roundup! Sharing ;) Reply
    • Nick

      October 13, 2016 at 11:41 am Thank you! :D Reply
  9. Nico @ yumsome

    January 19, 2017 at 5:28 am Fortunately, I've never had problems with my wisdom teeth, so haven't had them out; however, last year I did have to have major dental surgery, so I totally get where you're coming from in this post. And yes, why is it that some folks think that because we're vegan, we don't need painkillers? We're not superhuman! Lucky you, having laughing gas - I asked to be knocked out but nothing doing. Plus having an anaesthetist would have added so much more to the cost of my surgery. I contented myself with a Harry Potter audiobook on my iPod! You can read about my adventure if you like... http://www.thegoktor.com/the-ds-diet-my-successful-weight-loss-secrets-revealed/ Reply
    • Nick Abell

      January 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm Oh my god, I don't think my wisdom teeth removal can even compare to what you went through! Kudos for being able to laugh at the situation afterwords, though ;) Reply
      • Nico @ yumsome

        January 25, 2017 at 2:41 pm I cried too. In the chair. Like the grown-up I'm clearly not! LOL! But yeah, you have to find the funny side, right? It's been worth it though. Totally worth it. :-) Reply
  10. Melissa Johns

    October 10, 2017 at 4:25 am Hi Nick, Under "Other tips" you mention a "Clove-Based Oral Analgesic" but the link just takes me to the Amazon home page. Any idea what that item was? Thanks! Reply
    • Nick Abell

      October 10, 2017 at 11:43 am How strange! The link seems to be working now, but here is the product on Amazon! Reply

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