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How long should you wait to drink water after getting a tooth pulled?

I am a 33 year old female. I want to know how long should you wait to drink water after getting a tooth pulled?

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No right or wrong answer, just do it gently.
No time limit.
You could drink water after extraction, however, it may be hard to feel anything when you are numb. Do not drink with a straw.
There is no restriction against drinking water after an extraction. You should wait a day before swishing.
Wait until bleeding has stopped, and do not use a straw, it may disturb the clot formed in the area of the extraction.

In most cases, bleeding should stop one hour post extraction, hence, you should be able to drink cold or room temperature water. Keep in mind not to use any straw or bottles that require suction.

Drinking water after getting a tooth pulled depends on the situation. One should be well hydrated before getting a tooth extracted (pulled). This helps the healing process and makes the recovery from the extraction much easier. Remember the socket that the tooth sits in fills with a blood clot after the extraction. If water is needed after the extraction then there is the possibility of the taste of blood afterwards. It also means that there is a likelihood of drooling while trying to drink because of the local anesthesia. However, there is nothing wrong with having non-sparkling water after an extraction to avoid dehydration. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER THROUGH A STRAW! This will increase the risk of dry socket (alveolar osteitis).
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD
You can drink water right away but you can’t rinse with water