- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- September 13, 2023
Right after your wisdom teeth removal, your dentist will give you a list of do’s and don’ts.
You will be told to not rinse, spit, and drink with a straw.
Now, the first two tasks are easily understood but most patients don’t understand the deal with straws. Why are straws such a big deal?
In this article, we will find out why you should not use a straw to drink after your wisdom teeth removal. You will also find out when you can use a straw after wisdom teeth removal.
To put it simply, any type of negative pressure will dislodge the freshly formed blood clot that acts as a protective covering over the operated site. The same principle applies to the act of spitting and rinsing. This is why these three activities are not allowed right after you get your wisdom teeth removed. This applies to at least two days after getting the procedure. It is suggested to give the extraction site, the maximum time to heal.
DO NOT DO THESE THREE THINGS IMMEDIATELY AFTER WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
– Do not drink with a straw
– Do not rinse
– Do not spit
Always follow the timeline as advised by your dentist.
Now, let us find out what actually happens immediately after getting your wisdom teeth extracted
Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure and that is why post-op care is essential. If you follow the instructions given by your oral surgeon, the chances of any complications or severe pain are drastically reduced.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Instructions
These are the instructions that you need to follow immediately after your wisdom teeth removal
- Make sure that the gauze pad that is placed over the extraction site is securely kept there for at least half an hour. The gauze can be removed after that.
- – Avoid rinsing your mouth after the surgery. Vigorous rinsing may dislodge the blood clot from the extraction site. This may lead to other complications that we will discuss later.
- – Ensure that you take your prescribed medications on time as suggested by your dentist. Your dentist will generally time these medications according to the effect of the local anesthetic given before the procedure.
- – Do not do any strenuous activities on the day of the procedure as it can also dislodge the clot
- – Put ice packs to reduce swelling
Can I Use a Straw 2 Weeks After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
It is not advised to use a straw for at least 10 days after wisdom teeth removal. Generally, you can drink from a straw after the extraction site has completely healed. Some dentists may also recommend you wait for two weeks after your extraction.
In most cases, it is fine to use a straw 2 weeks after wisdom teeth removal. For the first few days, it is recommended to drink with a glass. You should avoid any sucking motion because it may dislodge the blood clot.
Can I use a Straw 3 Weeks After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Yes, you can use a straw 3 weeks after your wisdom teeth removal. You can resume your regular activities once the extraction wound has healed. Most of the time, you can start using straws after two weeks have passed.
When Can I Go Back to Eating Normally After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
On the day of the procedure, you are generally advised to take only liquid foods like soups, puddings, yogurt, and milkshakes. You can also take pureed foods. Crunchy or hard foods should be definitely avoided since they may get stuck in your socket. You should avoid crunchy foods like chips, seeds, popcorn, or nuts. The foods that you eat should be comforting and nutritious.
You can slowly start taking semi-solid foods after a few days. You need to remember that good nutrition will help you to heal faster and recover easily.
You need to be cautious about the things that you eat and take only those foods that are comfortable to chew. Avoid any foods that may get lodged in the extraction cavity.
You can slowly start introducing solid foods according to your comfort. Generally, most patients can resume eating their normal diet after two weeks of wisdom teeth removal.
I Accidentally Drank From a Straw After Wisdom Teeth – What Can I Do?
It is certainly advised to not drink anything with a straw immediately after wisdom tooth removal. For the first few hours, the extraction socket will continue to bleed. Your body will try its best to create a blood clot to stop the bleeding. In just a few hours, the body creates a platelet plug that covers the site but it is not strong enough.
This platelet plug is weak or unstable. It can become easily dislodged if there is any intra-oral pressure. When you spit, rinse, or drink with a straw, negative pressure is created in the mouth. This can dislodge the plug which may cause the bleeding to start once again.
If you forget the instructions given by your dentist and accidentally drink with a straw, chances are that you will start to bleed again. If the plug is dislodged, the wound will open up and start to ooze.
If you are lucky, the clot will not get dislodged. If the clot is still there, you should make sure that you do not use a straw again. You should only drink out of a cup. It is safer and more convenient.
What Can I Do If The Bleeding Starts Again?
If you are unlucky and your bleeding resumes, you will have to stop the bleeding with gauze. You will have to bite on the gauze again to stop the bleeding.
How to Use Gauze to Stop The Bleeding?
You will need two pieces of gauze. You need to fold them in half two times to form a square.
Put the piece of gauze right over the extraction socket. You need to bite down on the gauze with some pressure. You need to keep the gauze in place for at least 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes have passed, you need to remove the gauze and discard it. You have to repeat this whole process until the bleeding stops.
Alternatively, you can place the gauze and ask someone to drive you to your dentist so that they can take a look at your wisdom tooth removal site.
If your bleeding does not stop at home, you should definitely go to your dentist so that they can take the necessary steps to control the situation.