A common question that arises in the minds of people getting wisdom teeth removal is whether its right to drink soda after getting the wisdom teeth removed. The answer is drinking carbonated soda just after having your wisdom teeth pulled can lead to problems.
There are few misconceptions among the public that drinking soda through a straw may be a good idea after tooth extraction, but the fact is the suction needed to draw the liquid up through the straw can dislodge blood clots. Also, using a straw to drink soda will not reduce the amount of bubbles, or keep them away from the extraction sites.
Why ‘No’ to Soda?
In ancient days, carbonated soda was made from naturally carbonated water but only in 1772, the British scientist Joseph Priestly added sulfuric acid onto chalk resulting in carbon dioxide. This carbon-di-oxide makes the bubbles in your soda.
Today, most sodas contain large amount of sugar and sodium which results in tooth decay and drying to the tissues inside of your mouth respectively.
What Happens after Wisdom Teeth Removal
Many dentist and oral surgeons offer conscious sedation to the patients and performs wisdom teeth extraction under a general anesthetic. The erupted wisdom teeth are removed using dental pliers and if the teeth aren’t properly evolved the removal process may involve cutting open your gum tissue to free the tooth. Removing the entire teeth leaves an empty socket which should be taken proper care of.
So, the dental team advices to keep a gentle pressure on the gauze that will be packed into your tooth socket to control bleeding so that the socket can form a clot. Brushing, rinsing and flossing should be avoided at least 24 hours to escape from dislodging of blood clot.
The Bottom Line
Carbonated drinks should be avoided because the bubbles formed by the carbonation process can dislodge the blood clot that needs to form in order for the tooth socket to heal. If the clot gets dislodged before it forms completely can lead to alveolar osteitis, or dry socket. Dislodging blood clot after removing wisdom teeth in Melbourne reduces the chance of the bone tissues to heal and causes severe pain which needs medical attention from your doctor or oral surgeon.