I had two upper teeth pulled on friday (i think 2,3..not sure) morning and my dentist told me today it was now safe for me to smoke since it's been 72 hours but I didn't tell him that I chain smoke, sometimes a pack in a span of 4 hours...does this make a difference or am i still safe from getting a dry socket?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 25 - October - 2011, at 00:20 AM

  • Chances of dry socket increases by smoking.  Smoking creates negative pressure which can further lead to dislodgement of blood clot. It is not always that the blood clot is dislodged due to smoking. Dry socket usually occurs 2-3 days after tooth extraction but can also occur a week after tooth extraction. Healing process of tooth extraction socket is also delayed in case of dry socket. If you have severe radiating pain along with bad odor present in the mouth, then consult your dentist. For more info on dry socket, you can refer to following article…  http://www.identalhub.com/dental-what-is-dry-socket-879.aspx

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