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A 55-year-old female asked:

how soon after a lower molar tooth extraction with bone graft and stitches can i chew solid food?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Heal time: Approximately 2 weeks depending on your healing. If it is still sore give it another week.
Dr. Russell Lieblick
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Immediately: You can chew solid food immediately but you will likely want to or be instructed to avoid chewing in the surgical area for 1-2 weeks. Your surgeon will make recommendations based on your condition.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
It depends: If it is only one side, i tell patients they can chew solid food on the unaffected side the next day. Follow your doctors instructions.

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