Can I Smoke After A Tooth Extraction?

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MINT HILL, NC – Smoking can have serious consequences when it comes to your overall health. Additionally, when it comes to getting a tooth pulled, it can cause a variety of issues following the dental procedure. Read below to find out why you should avoid smoking after an extraction.

  1. Dry Socket
    • If you have ever had a dry socket, you know that it can be more painful than a toothache. When smoking, the pressure that is built up inside of the mouth can cause the blood clot to dislodge. This blood clot resembles a scab which protects the healing area. Without this clot in place, the bone can become very dry underneath causing an intense and throbbing pain.
  2. Delayed Healing
    • The toxins in the smoke can cause a decrease in oxygen to the extraction site. This can cause an extended healing process and increased risk of infection and inflammation.

If you feel like you must smoke after an extraction, it is best to wait at least 3 days. If you are considering cessation of smoking, speak with your physician to find out the best options for you.  Call our office at (704) 486-4189 or visit our website at to schedule an appointment if you think you need an extraction. Our highly trained team will create a customized plan to address any dental concerns or goals you may have. Are you thinking about veneers but not sure what it entails? Stay tuned for next week’s article as we learn more about this procedure that can change your life!

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Ashley Dawson
Dr. Ashley Dawson is a general dentist and practice owner of Dawson Modern Dentistry (DMD) located in Mint Hill, NC. Dr. Dawson has taken a different approach to dental visits through the use of technology to ensure a more comfortable and engaging dental experience. The team at DMD is committed to continuing education in order to offer more services to patients while constantly improving the quality of care. Additionally, Dr. Dawson and her team are focused on quality dentistry and lifelong relationships with their patients.