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When can I eat potato chips or tortilla chips after a tooth extraction?
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In brief: 2 hours
You can begin eating most any food that is comfortable once the anesthetic has worn off.
You will likely get part of the chips in the extraction site, but you should avoid trying to flush them out for 24-48 hours. Better to stay with a soft diet for 24-48 to avoid accumulation of food in the extraction site.

In brief: 2 hours
You can begin eating most any food that is comfortable once the anesthetic has worn off.
You will likely get part of the chips in the extraction site, but you should avoid trying to flush them out for 24-48 hours. Better to stay with a soft diet for 24-48 to avoid accumulation of food in the extraction site.
Dr. Michael Montgomery
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Dr. Gary Alder
Avoid eating sharp or hard to chew foods on the surgical side.. IF there is surgery on both sides you will need to wait a few weeks or until your doctor advises you it is ok to try. IF you have pain don't do it.
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry
In brief: Silly question
Would you place food into a wound on the back of your hand and then scrape it with the hard, sharp edge and expected it to heal? Mouthwounds need to be kept free of food for several days that can pack into or abrade.
Soft liquid diets that can be swallowed without chewing are best. Dry sockets, which are extremely painful develop when the clot becomes infected and is lost. One severe ouch!

In brief: Silly question
Would you place food into a wound on the back of your hand and then scrape it with the hard, sharp edge and expected it to heal? Mouthwounds need to be kept free of food for several days that can pack into or abrade.
Soft liquid diets that can be swallowed without chewing are best. Dry sockets, which are extremely painful develop when the clot becomes infected and is lost. One severe ouch!
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
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Dr. David Schleimer
The overwhelming majority of clot losses are due to mechanical reasons (spitting, brushing hard, drinking through a straw which causes a vacuum), rather than being lost to infection. Dry sockets are painful and you do want to avoid them. NO STRAWS, NO VIGOROUS RINSING OR SPITTING and a soft diet.
Dr. David Schleimer
Oh, it is not a silly question really. You are asking about ORAL wound healing. Perfectly reasonable.
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