Most people will need to have a tooth extracted at some point in their lifetime. Whether it’s wisdom teeth as a teenager, an impacted tooth as an adult, or accidental mouth trauma, losing teeth is part of the human experience. Which means recovering from a tooth extraction is also something most people will experience in their lives. There are a lot of rules that come with this recovery process, including one that often causes distress: no coffee.

Can I drink coffee with a tooth extraction? A question that most dentists get asked on a regular basis. Unfortunately for the coffee enthusiasts out there, the answer is no. Let’s take a closer look at why tooth extraction patients need to avoid coffee for a few days following the procedure. 

Dry Socket

Dry socket is one of the most common, and most painful, complications from a tooth extraction. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that’s covering the extraction site is damaged or removed. The condition can lead to serious complications that include life-threatening infections. There are two major factors that cause coffee to contribute to dry socket: 

  • Temperature: Most people enjoy hot coffee. The high temperature of the liquid can dissolve blood clots and irritate exposed nerve endings. In short, hot liquids can be directly responsible for a case of dry socket. 
  • Caffeine: Caffeine dilates blood vessels, which causes increased blood flow and blood pressure. Those increases can easily disturb blood clots, which leads to dry socket. 

When Is It Safe To Drink Coffee Again?

Every patient should follow the advice of their oral surgeon. Generally surgeons suggest that their patients wait at least five days before resuming their normal coffee consumption. For more severe extractions, surgeons may instruct their patients to wait several weeks before resuming their normal coffee habits. 

Tooth extractions are routine procedures and are nothing to be scared of. Patients should follow the advice of their surgeon and avoid coffee until their extraction sites have properly healed. 

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