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Use of smokeless tobacco after wisdom teeth extraction

By Autumn 1/9/2012 1:02:26 AM
I got all four of my wisdom teeth extracted 11 days ago, and they said not to use dip (smokeless tobacco) for a few days, but they never said how many. Last night was my 10th day, and I dipped last night alot and today. I cleaned them good, but will it cause complications? Should I continue with it as normal? And I know how much harm it causes to my mouth, so don't bother telling me that (not to be rude)
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 1/9/2012 1:02:26 AM

Smoking or use of smokeless tobacco is to be avoided after tooth extraction as it interferes with the healing process. It would be better to use smokeless tobacco after healing of tooth extraction socket takes place and the holes of extraction socket gets closed. If it was a simple tooth extraction, then complete healing occurs in 10-14 days after tooth extraction and if it was a surgical or difficult tooth extraction, then healing of extraction socket may take weeks to months. With use of smokeless tobacco before the holes of extraction socket gets closed, pieces of tobacco may enter the tooth extraction holes and cause pain and discomfort. It would be better to avoid use of smokeless tobacco as it leads to delayed healing. For faster healing of extraction socket to take place, continue with warm saline rinses and keep extraction socket area clean to avoid any secondary infections. Follow the instructions of your dentist to avoid any complications. For more info on tooth extraction healing, refer to…..     http://www.identalhub.com/dental-healing-of-the-extraction-socket-874.aspx


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