Category Archives: Wisdom teeth

Dry Socket and Smoking

I had all my wisdom teeth taken out a few days ago. There have been no complications. When is it safe for me to smoke again without getting dry socket? I’m about to go out of my skull from withdrawal.

Ben R.- Texas

Ben,

Unlike common thought, smoking does not lead to dry socket, so you can start smoking any time you want.  We used to think that any kind of sucking is what removed the blood clot and lead to dry socket. Now we know that the empty socket is the symptom not the cause.

Dry socket occurs much more often when there is trauma to the surgical site during the procedure, however gentle technique and placing a dressing of clindamycin in the socket after the procedure can almost completely remove  the chances of dry socket.

You may also be interested in sleep dentistry.

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Wisdom teeth in pairs

My dentist says I need to take out another wisdom tooth because it is drifting in to the space left from a previous wisdom tooth removal. Is this really necessary?

Ben- Kansas

Ben,

Yes, I recommend you have that wisdom tooth removed. As it drifts it will throw off the rest of your bite, which can lead to TMJ, massive headaches, or a host of other problems. Generally it is recommended that wisdom teeth be taken out in pairs. The tooth is no good to you without another tooth for it to chew against anyway.

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