Some reasons why you should avoid smoking after tooth extraction.

If you had a tooth extraction recently, the recovery time can be greater depending on your oral hygiene and other factors such as your ability to heal, but if you use tobacco, smoking after surgery can cause complications leading to infection and extended recovery time.

For a smoker, it can be very difficult to temporarily stop tobacco use, although if he had a tooth extraction, dentists recommend to wait at least 72 hours before smoking after the surgery.

In a tobacco cigarette there are many chemical toxins, they can cause some complications and delay your healing process.

The toxins from it can cause inflammation of the gums, irritation around the extraction site and it can also create a complication called a dry socket, one of the worst things that could happen to you if you smoke after the surgery. Dry socked can be even more painful than tooth extraction. It is caused by the partial or total loss of a blood clot in the tooth socket after a tooth extraction.


When you smoke, your blood pressure increases and it can provoke bleeding, it also might reduce blood supply to the alveolar nerve and increased the pain. Toxins in tobacco smoke can contaminate the surgical site from an extraction and constrict blood vessels, decreasing the blood supply needed for proper clot formation and healing. Moreover, smoking inhibits the action of antibiotics given to heal the wound quickly.

After an extraction, your oral surgeon will advise you to stick to a soft food diet and don’t smoke to minimize your chance of disturbing the blood clot and give your mouth time to heal.

If surgery is completed, swelling and tenderness in the face and neck are common. Ice packs and pain medications prescribed by the dentist will help, but if you have more questions about your dental health or any doubts concerned about your surgery, get in contact with us.

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