How soon can I eat after a tooth extraction?

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Tooth Extraction

If your tooth was broken in an accident or infected beyond treatment, it is ideal to get it extracted before it can cause complications. Your dentist at Marble can help with that.

However, there is one common question people ask

“How soon can I eat after the tooth extraction? And what can I eat?”

Ideally, you can start eating as soon as the bleeding stops, but there is more to the story. So, here is everything you need to know.

The procedure of tooth extraction involves the painless removal of teeth with minimum stress involved by the patient. You may feel great after the procedure is completed. However, there are a few things you need to remember:

  1. Rest – Please do rest once the extraction is done. You may feel fine after the extraction procedure, but it is best if you rest and let your jaw and gums heel.
  2. Let the blood clot – Blood clots can be disgusting to look at and very weird to feel. However, it is important that you let the blood clot at the site of the extraction. Bite down and apply pressure on the site to let the blood clot.
  3. Icepacks – Applying icepacks not only ease your discomfort, but can help reduce the swelling in the extraction site.
  4. Do not eat solids immediately – It’s best if you don’t start eating solids when your jaw feels numb. Avoid spicy and crunchy food until your tooth is completely healed. You can start with liquids and move up to soft foods once the numbness begins to reduce. You can also start with ice-cream or cold yogurt as the combination of the paste like texture and the coldness of the food can do wonders to ease your feeling of discomfort. You can then move on to smoothies, warm soup and scrambled eggs.

If you wish to learn more, contact our dentists at Marble Dental Centre today!


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