Can I Drink Coffee After Tooth Extraction?

Can I Drink Coffee After Tooth Extraction?

Can I Drink Coffee After Tooth Extraction?

Having a tooth extraction can be stressful so you’ll want to come home and have a warm drink afterwards to help you relax… But you shouldn’t.

Hot drinks can hinder the healing process and should be avoided for at least a few days after your tooth extraction. However, even if you let your coffee cool down to room temperature, it may still cause you some problems. Let’s look at why you can’t drink coffee straight after your tooth extraction and why you need to be careful for a few days after your procedure.

How to Get a Tooth Extraction

Before you start thinking about aftercare, you need to be able to get a tooth extraction in the first place, which can be easier said than done. With the underfunding of the NHS and a shortage of NHS dentists, registering with a dentist and getting an initial appointment can be a long wait, if it’s possible at all.

If you have a registered dentist, you can simply call to arrange an appointment where your dentist will assess the condition of the tooth and discuss potential treatment options with you. If an extraction is necessary, they’ll arrange another appointment for you and discuss the cost of the extraction.

If you don’t have a registered dentist, you may not be able to get an NHS appointment so easily, so you should consider going private to prevent your toothache, infection or cavity from worsening. Private dentists will be able to book you an appointment much quicker, however, the cost of a tooth extraction is more expensive.

If you’re in agony, you’ve broken your tooth or have a serious infection, you shouldn’t wait around for an appointment; book an emergency appointment so the dentist can make a quick assessment, and they’ll extract the tooth right away if necessary.

To find an emergency or out-of-hours dentist, just call 111 and they’ll be able to provide you with a dentist’s details in your area.

Dos and Don’ts After a Tooth Extraction

Dos and Don’ts After a Tooth Extraction

After your tooth extraction, you’ll be given a list of dos and don’ts by your dentist so you know exactly what to do and what to avoid in the days following your extraction until your socket has healed in approximately 7 days. If it hasn’t healed within 7 days, this doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong, but you should also be aware of potential complications, and watch out for any warning signs that you may have an infection and go back to your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. If you follow all of your aftercare advice, however, your gum should get noticeably more comfortable over the next week.

The main aftercare advice covers 5 topics:

  • Exercising
  • Dental hygiene
  • Eating and drinking
  • Taking painkillers
  • Alcohol and smoking

The guidance will change as time goes on until your socket has healed, although the first 3 hours after your procedure are arguably the most important.

The First 3 Hours After a Tooth Extraction

For your gum to heal quickly and safely, you need to have a blood clot covering the socket. Your body will naturally produce a blood clot after an injury or procedure like a tooth extraction to cover the wound and help it heal, so for the first three hours following your tooth extraction, you should let the blood clot form. This means no eating, drinking, smoking, teeth cleaning or spitting for 3 hours.

The local anaesthetic will slowly wear off, leaving you with some pain around the extraction site, and your cheek may begin to swell. Despite this, you must wait at least 3 hours before taking a painkiller, however, you should use an ice pack on the outside of your face on and off to help reduce pain and swelling.

The First 24 Hours After a Tooth Extraction

The First 24 Hours After a Tooth Extraction

After at least three hours, you should take a painkiller to keep you comfortable. Ibuprofen is recommended as it will help reduce the swelling, however, it can irritate an empty stomach, so you can take paracetamol initially, and ibuprofen after a couple of hours, once you’ve eaten something. You can take paracetamol and ibuprofen together, but never take more than recommended, and try to space them out evenly to ensure you’re pain-free.

You won’t feel like doing much exercise, however, it should be noted that you should avoid intense exercise for the first 24 hours after the procedure to prevent the wound from bleeding due to increased blood circulation. Rest up and help yourself heal for the first day.

When picking something to eat, opt for soft, nutritious and lukewarm food to avoid damaging the blood clot, and, where possible, keep the food on the opposite side of your mouth to your empty socket.

Protein, iron and vitamin C are all useful in the healing process, so while ensuring you don’t eat anything too hot, too cold, crunchy or crumbly, try to eat foods such as:

  • Chicken
  • Lentils
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges

Soup, mashed potato, boiled vegetables and scrambled eggs are the best foods for the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction.

You should also ensure that you don’t disturb the blood clot during the first 24 hours by cleaning your teeth. This may seem counterproductive as you want to prevent bacteria from disturbing the wound, however, the action of spitting mouthwash or toothpaste will dislodge the blood clot, so you shouldn’t brush or rinse your teeth for the first 24 hours after your procedure. After eating, just gently swill water around your mouth to remove food particles.

The First Week After a Tooth Extraction

The day after your tooth extraction, you can start to clean your mouth, gently brushing your teeth, gums and tongue but carefully avoiding the socket, and gently rinsing with a saline solution or mouthwash without alcohol. Don’t spit the toothpaste or the mouthwash, but try to let it leave your mouth more gently, more or less dribbling it into the sink with a bit of encouragement from water and gravity.

After a few days, if your blood clot is healthy, the swelling is beginning to go down and you’re feeling comfortable enough to do so, you can start to eat more like normal, but be careful to avoid anything crunchy or crumbly.

However, although you’re beginning to eat and drink as normal, you shouldn’t drink alcohol or smoke for the whole week after your tooth extraction. The action of smoking and the alcohol can disturb the blood clot, which should slowly be shrinking but remains important to protect your gum, so refrain from these products until your gum has fully healed.

When You Can Drink Coffee After Your Tooth Extraction

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All hot beverages including tea and coffee should be avoided for the first few days after a tooth extraction to allow the blood clot to form and not disturb it. Similarly, iced drinks will be painful to consume, so you shouldn’t even have an iced coffee if you want to stay pain-free and help your gum heal. So how about room-temperature coffee?

While generally quite unpleasant, coffee at room temperature may even affect the healing process due to its effects on the body. Caffeine increases blood pressure and causes blood vessels to shrink which restricts blood flow. This may hinder the healing process in the initial 1 to 3 days following the procedure, so it’s generally advised to avoid coffee for the first three days after your tooth extraction.

When you do start drinking coffee again, try to take it black, as sugar and milk can irritate your blood clot and cause bacteria to breed in your mouth. After 3 days, if your blood clot is healthy and you feel comfortable, you can start drinking warm (not hot) coffee again.

Why is Aftercare So Important?

Adhering to aftercare guidance will help keep your mouth free from bacteria and your blood clot in place to prevent any complications with your socket healing. If bacteria enters the socket, you may develop an infection which can be very painful, require antibiotics, spread to the jawbone or even cause sepsis.

You must follow your dentist’s advice to allow your gum to heal well after your tooth extraction.

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