A 38-year-old member asked:
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can you drink alcohol when getting your wisdom teeth out?

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Dr. James Bates
36 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Postop alcohol: I suspect you mean after having your wisdom teeth removed. You should not drink alcohol if you're taking any narcotic pain medicine. Also, you should avoid any carbonated beverages such as beer for at least a week after wisdom tooth surgery. Otherwise, moderate alcohol consumption doesn't interfere with wound healing.
Answered on Sep 14, 2013
Dr. James Donley
54 years experience Dentistry
Not good idea: You can drink, but it is not a good idea. It may inhibit the healing process. You need to be on a good nutritious diet which does not include alcohol.
Answered on Jun 26, 2018
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Not good: Alcohol is a blood thinner. Promotes bleeding. Can also deactivate antibiotics. Would suggest no alcohol for a week on either side of the surgery.
Answered on Jun 26, 2018

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