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How long do I have to wait after smoking with a dry socket?

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Mieniets

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I had all of my wisdom teeth removed 10 days ago. I didn’t smoke at all, like the doctor had said, because I didn’t want to get dry socket. I still took my BCP, and was told I was already at risk for dry socket, then ended up getting it anyways in my bottom left side. I felt no pain for the first two days after my wisdom teeth surgery, but believe I developed my dry socket 7 days ago, I didn’t end up seeking treatment till Monday. The pain is definitely tolerable and even sometimes completely gone. i have returned to work however and my normal life activities other than smoking. I am very stressed and need to smoke, wondering what will happen if I do or if it’s probably okay to smoke.
 
Enarete

Enarete

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Hi Mieniets,

wow, so you stopped smoking for the whole 10 days to make sure your socket would heal properly, that's great, I sometimes see people who do not manage to go without a cigarette even half an hour after an extraction so this is impressive. After 10 days your healing should be stable enough for a cigarette not to cause any harm, I am however not sure what the effects are if you actually have dry socket. My only idea to this would be to call your practice and ask them..

Here is a link abut smoking after a tooth removal, it also contains an advice about how to protect the extraction site during smoking so you might try that to be sure..

https://www.dentalfearcentral.org/forum/showthread.php?22132-Smoking-after-tooth-extraction

All the best wishes
 
Dr. Daniel

Dr. Daniel

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Hi,

I can ensure you 100% that you don't have any dry socket because dry socket is very very painful and no painkillers can really deal with it. It sounds like you are going through rather a longer healing than desired. The pain/discomfort should lessen over time.
 
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