Can You Drink Alcohol After a Filling? We Asked a Dentist!

Can you drink after getting a filling?

Let’s face it. A dentist appointment is about as much fun as eating a vegan Pop Tart – and most of us are at least a little nervous about going to the dentist.

Sitting in that big chair under a bright light, waiting nervously as the dentist pokes and prods your teeth and gums. And let’s not even talk about the dentist’s tools. The mirror, the dental probe, the scaler. I can practically taste the surgical steel in my mouth right now!

As adults, most of us have had to overcome dentophobia. While you might not relish the idea of a trip to the dentist, you’re able to control your anxiety. You go because you know that oral care is important and at least you can look forward to unwinding with a cocktail afterward – or can you?

Can you drink alcohol after getting a filling?

The filling won’t prevent you from enjoying a cocktail but if your dentist administers an anesthetic or prescribes pain killers, you should definitely avoid consuming alcohol. Combining alcohol with anesthesia or pain killers can amplify its effects and can be very dangerous.

With this in mind, you should probably forgo the cocktails for at least 24 hours after getting a filling.

Pretty Asian woman waiting patiently

How Long Should You Wait to Eat or Drink After a Filling?

You’ve returned from the dentist after getting a filling. You recognize that drinking alcohol isn’t a good idea if you’ve been given anesthesia or pain killers but what about the fillings? If you weren’t given an anesthetic or pain killers, can you eat or drink right away?

It depends on the type of filling.

Amalgam (metal) fillings take about 24 hours to harden completely. To be safe, you should wait at least a few hours before eating solid foods. Even then, you’ll want to chew your food carefully and avoid anything hard or sticky.

White fillings, also called dental composite, are tooth colored resins that bond with the tooth’s surface and harden right away. According to Dr. Sepideh Malekpour DDS, a practicing dentist in Glendale AZ, “You can drink after the numbness has worn off.”

To be safe, you still might want to wait 2 – 3 hours before eating or drinking anything.

Keep in mind that any type of filling can cause sensitivity to hot or cold beverages so you might not be eager to eat or drink anything for the first little while.

Final Thoughts and Some Friendly Advice

Even though you might want to raid your wine fridge and pour yourself a big glass of vino after a trip to the dentist, you should err on the side of caution and abstain from drinking alcohol until the following day especially if you were given an anesthetic or pain killers.

If you need to relieve some stress, why not spend a little time outside? Go for a walk… and and take your kids to the park!

By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.