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What are the chances of getting a dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction if you smoke?


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2007-10-24 04:17:24
2007-10-24 04:17:24

Smokers have a raised chance of dry socket. Dry socket is an extremely painful condition, one to avoid. In simple terms, smoking makes the socket less able to heal, and vulnerable to infection. Avoid smoking completely after the procedure if possible (consider buying a nicotine patch), and your chances of dry socket will be reduced. So in summary, the chances are lowest for non smokers, and highest for a heavy smoker who smokes after the surgery! I hope this is helpful. Dr N. Manning.

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