Do you want to smoke after tooth extraction without getting dry socket?
Well, for those who don’t know, a dry socket also called alveolar osteitis is a complication that arises when you smoke between 48 hours after tooth removal.
It’s quite a challenge if you are addicted to smoking. When you smoke immediately after tooth removal, a blood clot that usually forms on the tooth get dislodged or dissolves exposing the bone tissue and nerve to infection.
For more details, see our ultimate guide on dry socket Prevention, Treatment, and healing time.
In this article, we will show you How to smoke after tooth extraction without getting dry socket.
How to smoke after tooth extraction without getting dry socket.
The best way to avoid getting a dry socket or alveolar osteitis is by quitting smoking during this period.
However, if you are an addict and you can die if you don’t smoke you will need to do the following:
- Cover the socket with a wet, sterile gauze before smoking. A gauze is a thin transparent fabric of silk, linen, or cotton.
Having said that, let us look at how covering your extracted tooth with a gauze can prevent you from getting a dry socket.
How to make a gauze to use during smoking after tooth extraction.
We recommend refraining completely from smoking after tooth extraction as it may hinder recovery time.
It is the best way to avoid infection and other complications. However, if you still have to do it, here is how to prepare the gauze you’re to use.
- Cut a small piece of gauze for each tooth extracted.
- Gently soak the gauze inside water and gently place it over the extracted tooth area.
- Bite it gently to seal the tooth extraction area.
Always make sure you inhale gently to avoid a lot of smoke penetrating the soaked gauze.
Here is how the soaked gauze can help prevent you getting a socket.
First,the wetness of the gauze will hinder some of the smoke from reaching the wound.
This will protect the blood clot from dissolving or dislodging exposing the bone and nerve.
If at any time you feel you have symptoms of a dry socket, please seek medical attention of a dentist immediately.
Earlier infection treatment can save you from many days of pain and suffering.
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