How Long After Surgery Until I Can Drink?

After your wisdom teeth removal, it is important to rest and recover. To make the most of your relaxation period, it is important to prepare ahead of time so you can stay in bed. By planning before the surgery, you will not have to run errands or be uncomfortable at home. An important question often asked before wisdom teeth removal is, “How long after surgery until I can drink my favorite beverages again?”. Below we will go over a couple of common favorite beverage types, and the guidelines for each one. By preparing for this, you will know what to do and have what you need before the surgery.

One common rule for every beverage after surgery is to not use a straw. A blood clot needs to form after your wisdom teeth removal in order for the tooth socket to heal. Straws can suck or dislodge a blood clot, making your recovery longer. Dislodged blood clots can also create issues like dry socket. No matter what you drink, avoid a straw after your wisdom teeth removal surgery.

How Long After Wisdom Teeth Removal Until I Can Drink Soda?

Soda is a favorite for many, and often people will have a Sprite, 7-Up, or Ginger Ale when they are feeling down. However, after wisdom teeth removal, it is best to wait at least 24 to 48 hours before drinking any soda. The carbonation bubbles in soda can dislodge the blood clot needed to heal, making your recovery process longer and more painful.

How Long After Wisdom Teeth Removal Until I Can Drink Coffee?

Coffee can be had immediately after your surgery. But, it is best to go with a cold brew or iced coffee. Hot coffee, as well as other hot liquids, should not be consumed for 24-48 hours after your surgery. The heat can agitate the healing site and prevent it from properly recovering. If you drink an iced coffee or cold brew, make sure to avoid the straw. As mentioned before, a straw can dislodge a blood clot and delay recovery.

How Long After Wisdom Teeth Removal Until I Can Drink Alcohol?

After your wisdom teeth removal, it is advised to wait at least 48 hours before consuming alcohol. However, depending on what prescription pain medications you are taking, the time may vary. Alcohol can be very dangerous when mixed with pain medications. It can result in liver failure, overdosing, or impaired motor function. Follow the directions provided to you by your doctor and pharmacists. To avoid problems during the recovery process, we advise avoiding all alcohol until you have finished using your pain medication. This including beer, wine, and spirits.

How Long After Wisdom Teeth Removal Until I Can Drink Acidic Drinks?

Beverages that are high in citric acid are not fun to drink when you are recovering from wisdom teeth removal. Drinks such as orange juice or lemonade can irritate the extraction site and lead to infection. Drinking an acidic drink is like squirting lemon juice into an open wound. Avoid these drinks for about a week until the extraction site has healed.

By following these guidelines, your wisdom teeth removal procedure should have a smooth recovery. The best drink to have after surgery is water. If you need more flavor try a Gatorade or Powerade type of drink. The better you follow these guidelines, the faster you will be able to go back to your normal drinking habits.

Here at Simply Wisdom Teeth, we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to contact us. With any surgery, it is important to follow your doctor’s directions. While this list can be used as a basis, always listen to your doctor because each person is different and has different needs.

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