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Why You Shouldn't Use Straws After Oral Surgery

Posted on 9/6/2021 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Why You Shouldn't Use Straws After Oral SurgeryPatients will need to follow many instructions after undergoing oral surgery. Some of these are straightforward recommendations such as avoiding hard and chewy foods or tobacco. Another recommendation for patients following oral surgery is to avoid using straws.

At Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center, Michael L. Beckley, DDS and will explain to you why you shouldn't use straws after oral surgery.

How Does Using a Straw Impact Oral Surgery Recovery?

Patients may be tempted to sip smoothies or pureed foods through a straw following an oral surgery such as a wisdom tooth removal, dental implant, or jaw realignment. However, this is not generally recommended. Placing a straw in your mouth following an oral surgery is strongly recommended against as it can scrape the surgical site and ruin the stitches that are in place. In addition to this, the sucking action from using a straw creates a vacuum that can disrupt the blood clot that forms during the healing process at the surgical site. This is also why you should not spit or rinse for several days following your surgery.

When Is to Safe to Use a Straw After Oral Surgery?

You may need to wait several days before using a straw following your oral surgery. However, waiting time varies depending on the type of procedure you have undergone.

•  Wisdom Tooth Removal - If you have recently undergone a wisdom tooth removal procedure, you should not use a straw for three days.
•  Dental implants - If you have received dental implants recently, you may need to wait four to five days before it is safe to use a straw.
•  Jaw Realignment - You should not use a straw for 2 to 3 weeks following jaw surgery.

What Should I Do if I Have Used a Straw Following Oral Surgery?

If you have accidentally used a straw during your recovery period, you should immediately get in touch with Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center. Michael L. Beckley, DDS or will check the surgery site carefully and recommend steps to help your recovery continue. Please call us at 925-290-7727 to schedule an appointment with us.
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