2 years ago
Last edited at 6:35PM on 2/26/2012
If you smoke, you need to quit. Your pic indicates you are still young. Maybe if you quit now the damage will be only minimal. I smoked for 28 years and it's by far the stupidest thing I ever did. Other than that, I don't know how long you should wait after oral surgery.
My dentist told me the biggest problem with smoking after wisdom teeth were removed was due to the sucking motion. You're not supposed to suck anything for awhile (insert dirty joke here, lol). I think it's just a couple days, but you could call your dentist office and ask when it's ok to drink from a straw, if you want to know for sure.
smoking like using a straw creates a suction in your mouth, this could dislodge the clot in the socket where the tooth was, creating a dry socket, exposing your bone, infection, pain and delayed healing no sucking of any kind 48 hours, however stop smoking, exposing the wound to all that toxic stuff , very bad, if you must get a patch,soft food too.
If you've had two teeth removed, you need to allow time for the empty sockets to heal. Otherwise, they may get infected. I would think at least 2-3 days. If you do smoke sooner than that, use a saltwater mix to rinse your mouth frequently.
I know everyone wants to be politically correct but, I never have been. I know what the dentists say. But, I've always had a cigarette as soon as I left the office. Just be careful not to cause too much suction on the empty socket.