Can I eat ramen noodles after wisdom teeth removal?

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  September 19, 2021

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Ramen noodles are easy-to-make, easy-to-eat comfort food that works for a lot of people, but are they good to eat after getting your wisdom teeth taken out?

Can I eat ramen noodles after wisdom teeth removal?

Yes! However, there are some things you should keep in mind when thinking about eating ramen after the procedure.

How to eat ramen noodles after wisdom teeth removal

A lot of dentists recommend having soup take up the majority of your diet for the first few days after getting your wisdom teeth removed, which is why ramen noodles work great as post-procedure food.

Let it cool down

It can be a little dicey, though, because most dentists also recommend that you avoid foods that are too hot for the first few days, so once you’ve made the ramen, you’ll need to let it sit and cool for a little while before eating it.

Make sure they’re soft

Another thing you’ll need to think about when preparing ramen noodles for either yourself or someone else after undergoing wisdom teeth removal is that the noodles need to be pretty soft.

Any kind of pasta that you eat for the first little bit after the procedure should be well cooked and not al dente, including ramen.

Other than those two things, however, you should be safe to eat ramen noodles.

Make sure to check with your dentist and ask for their recommendations about foods to eat, however, so that you can be certain a particular food is safe.

Why ramen is a good food to help you through your recovery

Ramen noodles are certainly not the most nutritious option for your post-wisdom teeth removal recovery, but they do provide a lot of advantages as long as you follow the instructions we laid out in the previous section and don’t make them too hot or too chewy.

They are easy to make

When you’re in pain and maybe a little dazed from painkillers, you’re probably not going to feel like cooking too much.

That’s why turning to soups like instant ramen is a great option, because that way you’re still getting some food into your body, but you’re not having to spend hours cooking to get the food made.

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They are cheap

Another reason why instant ramen or other ready-to-make soups are a great way to get you through your wisdom teeth recovery is that they’ll save you from spending a lot of money on getting delivery or take-out.

When you don’t feel like cooking, you’re far more likely to turn to these sorts of services, but if you have a bunch of ramen on hand, you’ll have another option to go for that doesn’t require too much effort and also won’t break the bank.

They are versatile

Admittedly, the foods that you eat during recovery from a dental procedure are not all that interesting. It’s mostly going to be soup or other soft foods (like a deliciously comforting Zosui Japanese rice soup).

However, ramen comes in many different flavors, and you could even add in your own flavors and toppings to mix it up even more.

Just make sure that if you do add your own ingredients, you’re sticking to softer foods that aren’t likely to get stuck in the excavation area.

The variety that ramen noodles provide will help make it so you don’t get too bored with what you’re eating during the recovery process.

In summary

For those of you wondering if ramen noodles are safe to eat after getting your wisdom teeth removed, the answer is yes, they are.

Make sure to cook the noodles long enough that they’re soft and not to eat the soup when it’s too hot, and they’re a perfectly good option.

Plus, with the flavor variety, ease, and cost, they’ll be great for helping you through your recovery.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.