Having a tooth extracted always prompts a multitude of questions concerning the aftercare of the extraction site. But, one of the most common concerns involves smoking or using a straw. Both these activities require a sucking motion, which is best avoided during the first 24 to 48 hours following tooth extraction.
Continuing tobacco use immediately after a tooth extraction puts you at risk for a condition called “dry socket” as well as other concerns. The healing process is a critical time and smoking can have negative effects on the extraction site.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot normally forms to protect the empty socket while it begins to heal. It will dissolve as healing progresses. Smoking during the first 24 to 48 hours changes the pressure ...Continue Reading →