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When Can I Drink Alcohol After a Dental Implant?

We recommend abstaining from any alcohol consumption for at least 72 hours following a dental implant procedure and minimal or no consumption for one to two weeks following that.

How alcohol impacts the healing process

Alcohol can interfere with your healing process by delaying or stopping your body from rebuilding blood vessels, bone cells, skin, collagen, and other areas that may have been lost or damaged from the procedure.

In some cases, consuming alcohol directly after your procedure could cause long-term impacts on your health. Having just one alcoholic beverage can reduce the number of vessels supplying blood to your newly developing jawbone, which can essentially “starve” the bone and cause future complications.

Staying hydrated after dental implant surgery

Your dental implant surgeon will likely encourage you to drink lots of water following your procedure. Water consumption keeps the mouth moist and promotes hydration, which, in turn, leads to better, faster healing.

Alcohol, on the other hand, promotes dehydration and can dry out your mouth, which can be extremely painful for those who’ve just had dental implant surgery.

Alcohol can also prevent your body from producing the proteins needed for healing and may cause blood clots and oral bleeding.

Avoiding Avascular Necrosis

Excessive alcohol use within the weeks following a dental implant procedure could cause Avascular Necrosis (AVN). AVN is a disorder that causes the jawbone to become brittle, weak, and frail due to an interruption in blood flow. AVN caused by excessive drinking can result in irreversible bone tissue damage and possibly implant failure.

While it’s imperative that you refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 72 hours after your procedure, it is even better if you are able to abstain from it, or at least minimize your consumption, for one to two weeks following your procedure and recovery.

Once your implant has fully healed, you may consume alcohol again but should still avoid heavy consumption. Your oral surgeon can provide additional recommendations based on your case, recovery progress, and lifestyle.

Your Dental Implants Surgeons

At Innovative Oral Surgery, we supply you with the knowledge and recommendations you need to make healthy, informed decisions regarding your oral health. If you are considering dental implants, schedule an exam with our team today!