After tooth extraction dentist will tell you not to drink alcohol. Here is what you should be aware of this instruction. If you drink alcohol after tooth extraction, what are the worst things that could happen? If you start Drinking immediately after extraction it can affect the healing process. When a tooth is extracted clot should be formed to fill the extraction socket. This clot has to be stable in order to promote the healing process. If you take alcohol, it can disturb the clot formation and dislodge it. This will cause a condition called dry socket. Bacteria will colonize on the extraction site if dry socket occurs which can cause further infection.
Symptoms of dry socket
- Severe pain within a few days after the extraction.
- Barebone visible /empty socket
- Foul odor from mouth
- Unpleasant taste
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Treatment for dry socket
- Wound debridement
- Medicated dressing applied onto the extracted area
- Oral antibiotics to control infection
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Doctor may prescribe some antibiotics after extraction for pain relief and to reduce infection.
The Bottom Line
Drinking alcohol after extraction may interfere with some of these medications and cause disulfiram reactions (that is adverse reaction leading to nausea, vomiting, dizziness, chest discomfort, throbbing headache Etc). So better not to drink alcohol after tooth extraction.
To avoid complications stop drinking alcohol for another 72 hours after the procedure.
Take care not to use alcohol-containing mouthwashes also.