How to Prevent Dry Sockets While Smoking
If you are a smoker, getting a tooth extracted comes with additional challenges. You may be wondering whether you’ll be allowed to smoke after the procedure. The truth is that you should refrain from smoking for at least 48 hours after your tooth has been extracted. If you are unable to do so, you may experience a painful condition known as a dry socket.
A dry socket arises when the blood clot that forms after an extraction dissolves or gets dislodged. When this occurs, the nerves and bone tissue of the extraction site become exposed and an infection may develop. If you develop a dry socket, it’s imperative to visit the dentist right away for treatment.
If you’d like to prevent dry sockets altogether, consider these tips.
Try to Quit
Although quitting is easier said than done, it is the ideal way to prevent dry sockets and improve your overall health. Consult a doctor about stop smoking aids such as gums, patches, and special programs.
Use Nicotine Patches
By using nicotine patches before and after your tooth extraction, you can reduce your withdrawal symptoms and provide your body with the nicotine it desires until it’s safe to resume smoking.
Use Gauze to Cover the Socket
In the event you can’t wait at least 48 hours after your tooth extraction to smoke, use a wet section of gauze to cover the extraction site as you smoke.
Contact Wells Family Dental Group
If you have further questions about preventing dry sockets while smoking, don’t hesitate to call us at 919-266-5332.