One of the major reasons smokers require tooth extractions is periodontal diseases such as gingivitis. When you smoke cigarette, you increase your risk of gum inflammation, which may eventually lead to periodontal diseases.
If you are a smoker and undergo a tooth extraction, be sure to wait at least 72 hours after the procedure before smoking again. By refraining from smoking, you reduce your risk of a variety of serious complications. Some of these complications include high blood pressure, dizziness, delayed healing, and increased risk of developing an infection.
Dry socket is one of the most painful and serious consequences of smoking after a tooth extraction. A dry socket is a when the blood clot at the extraction site does not develop or dissolves before the wound has a chance to heal.
Severe pain a few days after an extraction, visible bone in the socket, pain that radiates from the socket to the ear, eye, temple, or neck, bad breath coming from your mouth, and an unpleasant taste in your mouth are all common symptoms of dry socket.
Since the chemicals in cigarettes often prevent or slow healing and contaminate the wound site, not smoking after a tooth extraction is a must. If possible, avoid smoking until you have noticed that your gums look like they have healed. A tooth extraction is a great reason to quit smoking once and for all.
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If you would like further information about smoking and dry sockets, we encourage you to contact our office today at 703-439-1214.