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A 18-year-old female asked:

When can i drink through a straw after wisdom teeth removal?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 20 years experience
Depends...: That all depends on how much soft tissue and bone was removed at the time of surgery. I have patients who can use a straw as soon as a week post surgery. However the risk of dry socket (what happens when the healing blood clot gets sucked out by pressure) is too great so do not use a straw for 2-4 weeks. What did your dentist say when they sent you home?
Dr. Don Millner
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Straw sucking OK now: Getting crazy thinking about the nonsensical dangers of post-op, sucking through a straw? Every time one swallows, a sucking action occurs! if i was really concerned about a dry socket, i would avoid swishing/rinsing and most importantly keep my oral bacteria count low by flossing daily, especially the back wall of the tooth that abuts the extraction. Also, take any prescribe meds.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do if i drank through a straw after wisdom teeth removal?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Oops...: You should be fine. If you have any problems or concerns, call the dentist who removed them.
A 43-year-old member asked:

When can you start drinking out of a straw again after wisdom teeth removal?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Wait 4-5 days: Every person heals at a different rate, however 4-5 days should be enough time for primary healing to occur and allow you to use a straw again.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to drink soda after wisdom teeth removal?

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Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Yes: Sodas are safe to drink provided they are not spiked with alcohol. Everything in moderation. With that said water is a better alternative. Hope this helps.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Wisdom teeth removal and drinking. How long must you wait?

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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
Till clot forms: No liquids until a clot forms-liquids can prevent and dissolve a clot.-alcohol not recommended use a straw if need to drink a liquid.
Philadelphia, PA
A 22-year-old female asked:

Can you drink hot tea a day after wisdom teeth removal?

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Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Yes: You can cautiously eat what you like but be careful to keep th hot liquid away from the extraction site.

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