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Avoid Smoking after Tooth Extraction: Here's Why

Posted on 6/6/2022 by Dr. Sebastien Murphy
Avoid Smoking after Tooth Extraction: Here's WhySmoking after tooth extraction can lead to severe complications. One should avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after the procedure. The risk of developing a dry socket is increased if one smokes. Additionally, smoking can also cause an infection. Therefore, it is best to avoid smoking altogether after having a tooth extracted.

What Are the Risks of Smoking After Teeth Extraction?

When you have a tooth pulled, the hole left behind is called a socket. This socket is filled with blood vessels and nerves, and it takes time for the socket to heal. If you smoke after having a tooth pulled, you increase your risk of developing a dry socket. A dry socket takes place when the blood clot that forms in the socket becomes dislodged. It can be excruciating, and it can prolong the healing process. In some cases, dry sockets can even lead to infection. Also, when you smoke, the nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the gums. Smoking can delay the process of healing and increase the risk of infection. In addition, smoking makes it more difficult for new teeth to take root in the jawbone, leading to further tooth loss down the road.

How Long To Wait to Smoke After Teeth Extraction and Safety Tips

It is best to wait at least one day before smoking after having a tooth pulled. It gives the socket time to begin healing. If you must smoke, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of developing complications, like using a straw when drinking liquids to avoid dislodging the blood clot in the socket. Also, take care when brushing your teeth and flossing to avoid irritating the socket. If you experience any pain or swelling, see your dentist right away, as this could be a sign of infection.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office. Our dentists will be happy to help you in any way we can.
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