Smoking after wisdom teeth removal
For smokers, cigarettes are one way to cope with stress of various kinds. Any dental procedure is a severe stress for the body, so it is not surprising that after the wisdom teeth removal by the dentist, the smoker's hand itself reaches for a cigarette. The dentist's answer to this question is unequivocal.
Dentistry specialists strongly oppose smoking after wisdom teeth removal for at least several hours, and preferably several days. You can smoke after removing a wisdom tooth only after the bleeding from the gums has completely stopped. Do not inhale strongly while smoking, as bleeding may start again.
It is impossible to get an exact answer to the question on how much you can not smoke after removing a wisdom tooth, since the period depends on many factors:
the complexity of the operation (in the presence of a wide overgrown root, the dentist sutures, therefore, healing takes more time);
the state of the patient's immune system;
the patient's health status, etc.
On average, the minimum time from the end of the procedure to the first cigarette should be 2 to 4 hours.
The result of exposure to nicotine and smoke can increase bleeding from the hole, which prevents the wound from healing quickly. In some cases, the hole becomes dry under the influence of high temperatures and chemicals. The smoke promotes the disappearance of the blood clot necessary for wound healing, thus depriving it of protection. When eating or lighting a cigarette, infections enter the wound, causing inflammation, manifested by soreness of the gums, fever, general malaise and headache.
If smoking after wisdom teeth removal is so necessary for a smoker, you need to wait at least 2-4 hours before the end of the bleeding process. If stitches were imposed during the operation, then it is recommended to refrain from smoking for a period of 2-10 days.
Many patients of dentists, when asking the question of whether it is possible to smoke when removing a wisdom tooth, do not think about the likely consequences. The most common consequences are:
development of alveolitis;
severe pain in the gums;
slowing down the healing process.
it is better not to smoke during the entire healing period (it delays it) but since our smoking patients cannot restrain themselves we require 24 hours or a strict minimum the 4 or 6 hours following the extraction ... in short, more than you do not smoke more you will have less problem of superinfection and delayed healing...
Why smoking is absolutely Not Good after wisdom teeth removal
As the name suggests, "wisdom teeth" often grow at an age that is unknown to parents. Therefore, it may have an adverse effect on the teeth that have already grown, and it may be necessary to extract the wisdom tooth. I extracted my wisdom tooth! That is not uncommon. Wisdom teeth can grow after the age of 20, so many may already be habitual in smoking. If you are considering wisdom tooth removal, you should be especially careful about smoking after tooth extraction. Let's take a closer look with the dental clinic inside.
Risk of smoking after wisdom tooth removal
For those who have a habit of smoking, quitting smoking may not be an easy task. However, after wisdom teeth removal, you must quit smoking until the wound is closed. There are various risks if you smoke immediately after tooth removal.
■ Wounds are hard to heal Nicotine contained in cigarettes has the function of constricting blood vessels. When blood vessels constrict and blood flow deteriorates, the blood needed to close the wound becomes insufficient, and the wound in the extracted part becomes less healed. In addition, when blood vessels are constricted by nicotine, it becomes difficult for blood to reach the body, so even if you take pain-relieving or suppuration-preventing drugs, it will not be effective.
■ Easier to get infected with bacteria Smoking reduces the immune system, which increases the risk of bacterial infection from a wound that has been extracted. In addition, the mouth is cleaned by suppressing the growth of bacteria with antibiotics such as lysozyme and lactoferrin contained in saliva and secreting saliva, but if smoking reduces saliva secretion, germs Will grow more easily.
■ Blood clots come off If you pull out your wisdom teeth, a hole will be created temporarily. This hole is gradually closed by the formation of jelly-like blood called a blood clot, but if you smoke, this blood clot may come off when you "smoke" a cigarette.
Trouble caused by smoking
As I mentioned above, smoking causes the blood clot to come off and the hole after tooth removal is not blocked, and it goes directly to the alveolar bone that supports the tooth, which is called "dry socket". If this happens, severe pain may continue for about a month. In addition, if bacteria get inside the teeth, they can cause bacterial infections in the jawbone and swelling of the lymph in the neck, which can cause infections that are not limited to dentistry.
You must quit smoking after wisdom tooth removal. Smoking cigarettes only increases the risk to your body. The dentist will also give you instructions, but please refrain from smoking until the wound is closed.
4 reasons why you shouldn't smoke
It is recommended that you refrain from smoking in order to quickly close the holes after wisdom tooth removal. I will explain the reason in detail.
1 Wound healing slows
Blood is needed to close the wound, but nicotine contained in cigarettes has a vasoconstrictive effect, which impairs blood flow and takes time to close the wound.
Nicotine contained in cigarette smoke has the function of immediately constricting blood vessels.
To imagine the strength of nicotine's vasoconstrictor effect, remember the tingling sensations you had when you started smoking. This is a symptom of constriction of blood vessels in the head, resulting in lack of oxygen, causing dizziness momentarily.
2 The action of the drug weakens
When the capillaries contract due to the action of nicotine, the effects of drugs such as "pain relievers" and "suppuration relievers" prescribed after tooth extraction tend to be difficult to obtain. The reason is that it is difficult for the medicine to reach every detail of the body.
3 Increased risk of bacterial infection from wounds
Tobacco has the effect of lowering immunity and increases the risk of bacterial infection from a wound that has just been pulled out.
In our lungs, there are a large number of cells called "macrophages" that work to eat harmful substances that have entered the body.
As these cells continue to eat the toxic substances that come in every time they smoke, they can't afford to deal with the pathogens they should be dealing with, resulting in weakened immunity.
Tobacco also has the effect of reducing saliva production. Saliva contains antibacterial substances such as "lysozyme" and "lactoferrin", which suppress the increase of germs in the oral cavity.
Therefore, the less saliva produced, the more germs in the oral cavity.
4 Making blood clots May run out of blood
After removing the wisdom tooth, a jelly-like blood clot called "blood clot" is formed in the hole, and the wound is protected and repaired. Imagine something like a "scab" when compared to the skin.
When tobacco nicotine impairs blood circulation, it may not deliver enough blood to make a clot and the clot may come off easily.
Severe pain continues! "Dry socket" caused by smoking
What is a dry socket?
A dry socket is a symptom that causes severe pain because the wound that was incised for wisdom tooth removal is not closed and a direct hole is created up to the "alveolar bone" that supports the tooth.
If the "blood clot" comes off due to the action of sucking with a straw, sipping noodles, or the act of rinsing the mouth strongly, it may become a dry socket.
Severe pain may last for 2 weeks to 1 month
The pain usually relieves in a few days after wisdom tooth removal, but when it becomes a dry socket, the pain increases in a few days. Then, the pain that makes it impossible to concentrate on work continues for about 2 weeks to 1 month. It has an adverse effect on daily life.
Can cause dental infections
Dry sockets increase the risk of bacteria getting inside the gums and causing the alveolar bone to become infected. It is called "acute alveolar bone inflammation" because inflammation occurs around the alveolar bone.
When it gets worse, it may cause "acute purulent lymphadenitis" in which the lymph in the neck is swollen and feverish, and "jaw osteoperiostitis" in which the face is swollen by infecting the area around the mandible.
Since these infections are caused by teeth, they are collectively called "dental infections".
How long should I quit smoking?
We recommend that you quit smoking until the wound is mostly closed. If you touch it with your tongue, you may remove the blood clot, so try not to touch it.
The length of time you are instructed to quit smoking varies from teacher to teacher. Some teachers say it takes two days, while others instruct them to quit smoking only on the day of tooth removal.
However, it takes about a month for the wisdom tooth removal to settle. It is desirable to have a long period of refraining from smoking.
Make sure you know at least how much you should refrain from smoking when extracting your teeth. Please refrain from self-judgment as it may cause the blood clot to come off and delay healing.