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How Will Alcohol Consumption Impact My Dental Implants?

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Put the bottle of wine down. Your new dental implants will ‘cheers’ you later.

Alcohol Impacts

Alcohol reduces saliva production and irritates mouth tissues, allowing for bacteria can thrive and increases the risk of mouth and throat cancers. Drinking alcohol is extra-risky when you just had dental implant surgery.

Here are five reasons to avoid alcohol before your procedure and during recovery:

Blood Clotting

It is proven that alcohol may slow blood coagulation which reduces the body’s ability to form blood clots. After a dental implants procedure, your mouth is sensitive and needs to be cared for wisely. If you happen to cut your gums while consuming alcohol, the open wounds may not heal properly. This is detrimental to your health, as open wounds significantly increase the risk of dental implant failure.

Dehydration

Staying hydrated is critical for a speedy recovery, as moist tissues heal quicker. If you have ever had too many glasses of champagne on New Years, you will know that alcohol dehydrates you – a lot. It needs to be avoided post-surgery for maximum tooth and gum health.

Medication

You may have noticed that the labels on painkillers and antibiotics clearly warn patients to abstain from alcohol while consuming the medications. This is for good reason. Alcohol can interact negatively with painkillers and antibiotics. We recommend patients avoid alcohol for at least one week after surgery.

Vitamins and Minerals

Your body needs optimal vitamins and minerals before surgery to prepare for efficient healing, which is why we recommend refraining from drinking alcohol for a couple weeks prior to surgery. Beer, wine and liquor can reduce vitamin and mineral absorption in the body. Nutrients help accelerate the process where your jawbone grows around the dental implant to form a strong bond. Alcohol consumption impairs nutrient utilization throughout the entire healing process.

Inflammation and Sensitivity

Drinking alcohol dilates blood vessels in the mouth, causing teeth and gums to be sensitive to pain and inflammation. Since tissues are more sensitive after surgery, and alcohol makes the mouth more prone to infection and inflammation, it is essential to avoid alcohol post-procedure.

It may be tempting to pour a glass of your favourite liquor while recovering from dental implant procedure. Let’s face it – although the procedure itself is not painful, your mouth may feel slightly uncomfortable for a few days. However, alcohol will only hinder, not help, your recovery.

Contact us today for more information or with any questions you have regarding about dental implants and other dental procedures.

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