Can I Drink Alcohol After a Tooth Extraction?

April 23, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — myrhdentist @ 12:01 am
Glass of red wine

No one wants to have a tooth extracted, but sometimes it is necessary to preserve the health of the rest of your smile. After your procedure, it’s important that you closely follow your dentist’s instructions so that the area can heal quickly, and you can remain comfortable. However, many patients ask if they can enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two during the recovery period. Continue reading to learn why this isn’t the best idea.

Why Shouldn’t You Drink Alcohol After a Tooth Extraction?

As you are relaxing at home after your tooth extraction, having a glass of wine or an ice-cold beer may sound like a nice way to wind down. However, this can be harmful to the recovery process. It’s super important that a blood clot forms at the extraction site, and this can take some time. Alcohol can affect your blood’s ability to clot, increasing your risk of developing dry socket. This is a painful condition that will leave you with extreme discomfort and additional visits to the dental office. Ultimately, it is best to hold off on alcoholic beverages. Instead, do your best to stay hydrated with water.

How Long Do You Need to Wait Before You Can Drink Alcohol?

You should follow your dentist’s instructions on when it’s safe to consume alcohol again after your procedure. The safest bet is to wait between 7 to 10 days as the wound heals. You should also consider any medications that you are taking for pain before consuming alcohol. Pain-relief medications and alcohol often have poor reactions, leading to dangerous adverse effects. It is best to wait until you no longer require pain relievers before you drink any alcohol.

6 Tips to Promote Optimal Healing

Here are some other steps you should take after your extraction to promote optimal healing and comfort:

  • Get plenty of rest following your procedure.
  • Use an ice pack on your cheek to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously – you don’t want to dislodge the blood clot.
  • Don’t use straws after your surgery.
  • Abstain from smoking or using tobacco products for at least 3 days after your procedure.
  • Stick to soft, nutritious foods as the area heals.

As you are healing from your tooth extraction, it is best if you avoid alcohol altogether. This way, you can help the surgical site heal as quickly and comfortably as possible!

About the Author

Dr. Julia Karpman earned her dental doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine before completing a one-year residency at Danbury Hospital. Currently, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, and the American Academy of Clear Aligners. To learn more about tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment at her office in Rocky Hill, visit her website or call (860) 563-3766.

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