To Sip or Not to Sip: Is Coffee Safe After Tooth Extraction?

December 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — avdds @ 2:08 pm
A woman enjoying her coffee two weeks after tooth extraction

Sometimes, there’s no avoiding a tooth extraction. They can be necessary for many reasons including decay, damage to the tooth, or overcrowding in your mouth. If you’re a java fiend, however, you’re probably more concerned about when you can get back to drinking your morning cup again.

Continue reading to learn more about after-extraction care and answer the brewing question: when can I drink coffee again?

How Can I Avoid Complications After Tooth Extraction?

Once your dentist extracts your tooth, you’ll need to sip water for a short time while your socket clots. This socket is a small hole that’s left over when the tooth is removed. It will take a few hours to clot, and once it does, ensuring it isn’t disturbed should be your priority.

This is to avoid complications while your gums heal over the extraction site. If the clot is damaged or removed, it could lead to a painful condition called dry socket. To prevent this, you’ll need to avoid hot, acidic beverages like coffee and avoid using straws.

When Can I Drink Coffee Again?

Assuming you’ve been taking care of your clot, it should be okay to introduce a little coffee after five days. If you do, you should still serve it at room temperature to avoid irritation. After two weeks or so, you should be fine to continue your normal java-drinking habits.

What Should I Eat and Drink After a Tooth Extraction?

The trick to eating well after a tooth extraction is to prepare soft foods that are lukewarm or cold. Things like eggs, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and cottage cheese are great. Be sure to eat them without seasoning as salt, pepper, and other spices could irritate your extraction site.

How Can I Speed Up the Process?

If you want to get back to your morning joe as soon as possible, follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid irritating or breaking the extraction site
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Don’t use straws or create suction in your mouth
  • Rinse your mouth gently with warm salty water before bed
  • Apply a cold compress to your jaw to reduce swelling
  • Continue to take care of your teeth by brushing (gently) and flossing

Follow the advice here and you’ll be back to having great coffee in no time. If you have any complications during your recovery, be sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Tooth extraction can be a smooth process, but if you feel any pain or discomfort, you should seek help. Here’s to coffee and good smiles!

About the Practice

At AV Dental Associates of Jersey City, you’ll find a team of great dentists ready to work with your smile goals. They use the latest dental technology and techniques to deliver customized treatment plans that fit your unique needs. If you need an extraction, rest assured that the process is completely painless. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 484-7759 or visit the website to learn more.

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