Can You Drink Alcohol After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth removal is seldom an enjoyable experience, though unfortunately, it is actually quite necessary. Quite commonly, our New Jersey dental team is asked by our patients whether they can drink alcohol after having their wisdom teeth removed. For this reason, we have composed the following blog about which beverages you should avoid, and which beverages you need not fear after having your wisdom teeth removed. Please continue reading and speak with our team to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I drink alcohol after I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed?

After you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, our dental team recommends avoiding any alcoholic beverages for at least 48 hours. In the first 24 hours after having your wisdom teeth removed, your mouth will need to rest and heal itself. This includes letting blood clots develop and more to ensure that the bleeding stops. Additionally, if you were prescribed a painkiller after wisdom teeth removal, drinking alcohol can have serious side effects when mixed with these substances, which is why you should absolutely avoid alcohol for at least the first 48 hours after removal, in addition to until you are finished taking your prescribed painkillers.

What other drinks should I avoid after having my wisdom teeth removed?

In most cases, it is best to avoid acidic drinks for at least one week, such as certain sodas or other drinks that contain citric acid, which can seriously irritate healing areas of your mouth. Though drinking cold coffee is fine within 24 hours of your surgery, you should refrain from drinking hot coffee until at least 48 hours after surgery.

What can I drink after having my wisdom teeth removed?

Fortunately, after wisdom teeth removal, you can still drink various flavored beverages without issue. For example, milkshakes, apple juice, ginger ale, smoothies, Gatorade, and more are all perfectly acceptable. Of course, water is also perfectly fine, and is perhaps your healthiest option anyway. If you have any additional questions or you would like to have your wisdom teeth removed, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced dental team today. We are here to help in any way we can.

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