Smoking after Tooth Extraction
For smokers, nothing could be as difficult as stopping smoking after tooth extraction. This is because, although temporary, the nicotine addiction could be so overwhelming. One can literally be overwhelmed. Most cigarette smokers start smoking almost immediately after the tooth extraction, which is contrary to the instructions of the dentist. Here are the reasons why you should wait for wait for at least 3 days or 72 hours before resuming the smoking after tooth extraction.
The smoke from the cigarette contains chemical toxins which interfere with the healing process. If you had a wisdom tooth extracted for instance, you will take several days before the area heals completely. If you start smoking earlier than the stipulated 72 hours ,the chemical toxins will get into the wound and stop further healing from taking place. The delayed healing would mean that you take.
As a result of smoking a little too soon, you will suffer from the dry socket in the area whereby there is a bad smell coming from spot and of course this is accompanied by intense pain which could last for days. It also becomes very difficult to open your mouth.
Beginning to smoke before 72 hours have lapsed leads to inflammation at the place where the tooth was extracted. In order to prevent the inflammation from occurring, it is advisable that you allow the wound to heal for at least the first 3 days however tempting it is to resume smoking.