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after 48 hours of a wisdom tooth removal, can you drink alcohol?

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Dr. Ragan Faler
23 years experience Dentistry
Pain meds: Alcohol in moderation would be ok. But remember that it will slow down the healing a bit and it certainly would be dangerous if alcohol is mixed with pain medicine. Rest, good nutrition, and time is ones best bet with healing from wisdom teeth extraction.
Answered on Jul 9, 2015
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Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Wait 5-7 days: Not right away, alcohol can interfere with healing and could lead to a dry socket. Give the tissue 5-7 days to heal. When and if you do choose to drink alcohol, please do responsibly.
Answered on Jan 26, 2014
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Dr. William Jakavick
36 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Post op inflammatory response after extraction usually peaks in 48-72 hours post surgery, alcohol can interfere with clotting, which could potentiate bleeding from the socket as well as dry socket, so as Dr Schneider recommended I would give it some more time.
Oct 20, 2013

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Trever Keele
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72 hours: You should be fine about 3 days after the extraction.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Trager
54 years experience Dentistry
Why not: If no bleeding is present or pain and healing is good have one on me.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
In moderation: As alcohol can promote bleeding, you don't want to wash out the clot where tooth was removed.
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Dr. William Ledford
28 years experience Dentistry
24 hrs: After a 24 hour period you can drink alcohol.

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