An Overview ON smoking after tooth extraction
When you have a tooth extracted it can take a few days for the wound to heal properly. Your general well-being and way of life will influence the speed at which recovery takes place. This article talks about smoking after tooth extraction and the possible effects it may have concerning your teeth.
Effects of smoking on teeth
The intensity of the smoke and the synthetics it contains are not good for your teeth, gums, and delicate tissues in your mouth and throat. In addition to staining your teeth, smoking will also increase your chances of contracting oral infections.
Smoking after oral surgery
As noted above, there are chemicals contained within the inhaled tobacco smoke that can injure teeth and gums. After a tooth is extracted, smoking is likely to increase the degree of discomfort experienced at the point where the tooth was removed. This does not help the recovery system. Likewise, the blood inside a smoker’s body will also impair the recovery system. This is because there is less oxygen in the smoker’s circulation system. It is the oxygen in the blood flowing to the site of injury that is responsible for the most common form of recovery. If you are a smoker and need a tooth extraction, contact All Needs Dental today to review your options.
Smoking after having a tooth removed
When a tooth is removed, blood clots form at the extraction site. Blood clotting helps the wound heal quickly and stop infection. If the clot disintegrates too quickly or moves around, it can cause a condition known as dry attachment. This is a potentially painful symptom which is best avoided. Coagulation can be disturbed when smoking. The sucking activity used to remove cigarette smoke can aggravate blood clots. This can also occur if you vape or use e-cigarettes. Smoking can also disturb clotting by evaporating or dissolving too quickly.
Other possible complications of smoking after tooth extraction
There are circumstances when dry attachment can cause a boil. An ulcer can affect parts of the mouth other than the area around the extraction site. It can affect the jaw bone as well. Microscopic organisms and infection will affect healthy bone causing potentially serious pain and discomfort. If you are a smoker, it would be a good idea to discuss when you can resume smoking with your dental technician. Do not rely on advice from friends or online chat rooms, whilst people mean well, seek professional advice.
How long after tooth extraction can I smoke a cigarette?
It is normal for dental experts to suggest that smokers stop smoking after tooth extraction for about five days. Whilst this may be difficult for you as we all know how addictive nicotine can be, perhaps you could treat this as an incentive to quit smoking altogether. This would greatly benefit your general health and at least something good would have come out of your tooth extraction.