Tooth extraction is usually only done as a last resort, but there are many reasons why teeth may need to be extracted. If you have recently had a tooth pulled, it is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your dentist in order to recover quickly and avoid any complications. After surgery, you should remove the gauze sponges from your mouth and have something to eat. However, it is important to stick to soft foods for the first 24 hours.
Additionally, you should avoid hot foods and drinks for several hours after surgery, as well as drinking out of a straw for at least 24 hours. Ice packs can be beneficial when applied within the first 24 hours after tooth extraction, so if your dentist suggests this, it is important to follow their advice. Alcohol and carbonated beverages can damage the clot at the extraction site and cause complications, so it is best to avoid them for at least four days after the procedure. Additionally, acidic drinks and soft drinks should not be consumed right after tooth extraction. It is also important to rest properly and avoid any grinding or chewing activity for a few days.
You can drink plain water after an hour or two, but if you want to drink any soda, sour drink, or alcohol, you should wait at least one week after the tooth extraction. If you have any questions or concerns about the tooth extraction process or post-extraction care, it is best to speak with your dentist. The No Gaps Dental team can provide professional advice and help you recover quickly from toothache or swelling after surgery.