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Can I Drink Coffee After I Have Received My Tooth Extraction?

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Can I Drink Coffee After I Have Received My Tooth Extraction?Coffee is a favorite beverage for many people. If this beverage is part of your daily routine, and you are scheduled for tooth extraction, it is important you know what to expect. You may be wondering if the procedure is going to affect your ability to drink that cup of Joe. Unfortunately, you need to avoid coffee for some days during the recovery period after tooth extraction.

Coffee and Dry Socket

Once you've had a tooth extraction, there is a blood clot that forms at the site where the tooth has been removed. Clotting is an essential part of the healing process. Sadly, drinking coffee can impair the ability of the site to form a clot or it can disturb a newly forming clot. If this occurs, you can experience a dry socket, which can be quite painful. A dry socket can be treated, however, it is pretty unpleasant and can slow down the healing time of the extraction site.

How Coffee Leads to Dry Socket

Often, there are two ways coffee contributes to dry sockets. One is temperature and the other is caffeine that is in the coffee. Most people drink coffee when it's hot. The hot temperature can disturb a new clot. Additionally, it can irritate nerve endings within the exposed socket. Therefore, it is best you avoid hot beverages and not just coffee when recovering from a tooth extraction.

Caffeine in coffee causes blood vessels to dilate. As a result, you may experience increased blood flow as well as blood pressure. If you drink coffee, the site may start bleeding, which may dislodge or dissolve the clot. You should wait for about 5 days before starting to drink coffee. But for some patients, it may take a little longer like a few weeks or so, particularly those that have had surgical extraction like the removal of impacted teeth. Talk to us about the aftercare of tooth extraction. Contact us today.

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