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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
A: Week to be safe would be my guess as we all heal at different rates.

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A member asked:
Dr. Pamela Martin
16 years experience Dentistry
Your : Your dentist is advising you not to smoke after your extraction because smoking increases the risk of alveolar osteitis, a very painful condition know ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
11 years experience Internal Medicine
Ok: Take this as an opportunity to quit to improve your health.
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Asking Doctors: You do realize that we are really physicians here on this app. I do not know of any physician who would tell you that it is ever okay to smoke. I be ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. TED FEDER
Dr. TED FEDER answered
39 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Fluids and calories are important for healing. At least wait until the local anesthesia wears off. Then, if the extractions were just on one side of ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Asseff
27 years experience Dentistry
3-5 days: It is safest to wait about 3-5 days before drinking alcohol after an extraction.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Smoking is: never OK. However, 4 days after the wisdom teeth surgery if no bleeding, swelling or pain, you can go back to your daily routine. Take care.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
When do youWant Pain: Smoking has chemicals that can get into the healing socket and tear up the healing tissue = pain. The area needs to heal without this interferance.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklin Allen
12 years experience Dentistry
Longer is better: I know. Rocket science answer right? If you can go 4 or 5 days you would get past the dry socket period. If you can go that long you mine as well ju ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Yash
45 years experience Dentistry
As long as possible: Depending on the difficulty of the extraction, no smoking for 24 hours. The sooner you smoke, the more likely you will have problems. You risk getting ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience Psychiatry
No one on this site: Is going to give you permission to smoke pot at any time. As a group we try to discourage any type of smoking behavior or drug abuse. Best wishes.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
When no bleeding: Wait until the bleeding has stopped before you eat anything. Then only have soft foods for the first few days. Follow the instructions you were gi ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Varies: Extraction wound needs to heal, and that varies from patient to patien.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Kirschner
8 years experience Dentistry
Depends: No set time period. However, if pain is present go back to the dentist at once. If you feel you are not healing well or fast enough then go back. Wh ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Hopefully never: We suggest at least a few days, longer if possible. Maybe now would be a good time to stop smoking. Smoking can cause cancer, as I am sure you alrea ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Yost
23 years experience Dentistry
24 hours: No rinsing is done for the first 24 hours after the extractions are completed. Then the day after extractions, start the warm salt water rinses. Put ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Varies: Most people like to wait a couple of days if there are no complications and minimal swelling. Of course, it depends on what you do for a living. Also ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Shave after extracti: You should probably wait until the anesthetic wears off so you can feel your face while you are shaving. Unless your face is very swollen and/or pain ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
24 years experience Dentistry
Once it seals.: As soon as your socket (hole) heals and closes up, you will be able to return to normal eating. Until then, it is important to avoid food impaction in ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Wineman
39 years experience Dentistry
Depends: 30-90 minutes may be the expected range for sedation, the actual surgery, and recovery time of the patient. Understand that even if you are "knocked o ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. TED FEDER
Dr. TED FEDER answered
39 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Was a Graft Placed?: Bone healing will need to be verified, usually by an x-ray, was a graft placed and what kind? On average, adequate bone is present 6 to 8 weeks aft ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2 - 5 Days: In my practice, dry sockets occur most commonly during the first 2 - 5 days following surgery. Vigorous rinsing, spitting, smoking, and drinking wit ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Cufone
31 years experience Dentistry
Depends: It really depends upon how intrusive the surgery is. If the teeth are fully formed and infected, recovery can be prolonged. In general, most people ar ... Read More
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