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A 30-year-old member asked:

how long after getting my wisdom teeth removed should i wait before going out drinking?

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Dr. Mini Sambhavita Rangrass
Dentistry 21 years experience
After finishing meds: Often times painkillers and antibiotics are prescribed when wisdom teeth are extracted. It is not safe to drink alcohol while on these medications because of the interactions of these. It is however critical to not drink any alcohol in the first 24 hours of getting your teeth extracted.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
It depends: You should be off all prescription medications before drinking any alcohol. These medications may depress the nervous system and respiratory drive, the same as alcohol, so the effect can be added by alcohol. I usually recommend that patients abstain from alcohol for at least 7 days after surgery or until they no longer require pain medications, whichever is longer.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
When not using meds: As long as narcotic medications are not being taken, having an alcoholic beverage will not pose a problem. Continue to follow post operative instructions from your surgeon.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

My dentist said I have to get my wisdom teeth removed beforr they brake through do they do it n the office or do I go somewere else?

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Dr. Howard Lelvowitz
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See below: Usually oral surgeons remove impacted molar teeth. They are difficult to remove.With local anesthesia ie lidocaine when you are young.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the recovery time for getting all 4 wisdom teeth removed?

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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 35 years experience
Depends: Everyone has differing rates of recovery. Generally, the first 2-3 days are intense and then it improves from there. If the pain persists, you may have a condition called dry socket...See the oral surg/dentist immediatelt as this can lead to bone necrosis. The "holes" left behind from the extractions can take 2-3 weeks to heal over, usually during this time, they're not painful, just annoying.
A 32-year-old member asked:

After 4 wisdom teeth are removed, how long must I wait to smoke hooka?

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Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 41 years experience
Minimum of 2 days: Ideally, 7 days. No smoking for minimum of 24 hours, 2 days is even better.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long will I be numb for after I have my wisdom teeth removed?

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Dr. Kenneth Comer
Dentistry 36 years experience
2-6 hours: Typically 2-6 hours depending on the anesthetic used and your ability to metabolize it.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long will it be until i'm able to talk normally after getting my wisdom teeth removed?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
At the longest: 10 days - but usually about 3-5 days or less.

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