Smoking Weed after Wisdom Teeth Extraction Facts – Dental Care Experts

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Smoking Weed after Wisdom Teeth Extraction Facts

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Being an older person with some responsibilities, I find it impossible for me to smoke weed these days. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t know the properties of the pot. One of the properties of weed smoking is that it helps dealing with pain and discomfort. Since this is a very interesting potential, I bet some of you might be wondering about how long before you can smoke weed after wisdom teeth removal, right?

This is a valid question, because in some cases the wisdom tooth extraction (especially with surgery) will be followed by discomfort, pain and swelling. Instead of taking the painkillers, why don’t we use marijuana, right?

Am I Allowed to Smoke Weed after Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Well, unfortunately dentists don’t recommend smoking cigarette in the first 24 hours after the surgery (some other dentists even recommending avoiding smoking for 3 days straight). The same rule is also applied for smoking pots or weed. There are several logical reasons why you should stay away from smoking cigarette or weed after wisdom teeth is removed:

  1. Longer healing time
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After the tooth is removed, a blood clot will appear and fill in the empty socket. This blood clot protects the bone and tissue underneath while the healing process starts to take place. The clot should stay there for a few days or a week before it slowly comes off. When you smoke, you are creating a negative pressure in your mouth as you breathe in the weed smoke. This might cause the blood clot to dislodged, which may start another bleeding and making the healing process that much longer.

  1. May lead to dry socket

Another possible condition that might happen after the dislodged blood clot is the dry socket. The symptom of dry socket is very easy to recognize: excruciating pain in the tooth extraction area. The fact that marijuana increases your blood pressure might also have something to do with the increased chance of dry socket.

Are you telling me NOT to smoke weed after tooth extraction?

Yes, as you may have deducted from our explanation above, it is clear that dentists cannot recommend smoking weed right after wisdom teeth extraction because of the risks. There are many people who ignore this warning and then get themselves a dry socket. Dry socket can be very painful, and you are most likely regret the decision of smoking weed.

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That said, if you are really planning to smoke weed despite all the warnings we’ve told you earlier, here’s our tips to reduce the risk of dry socket:

  1. Do not roll a marijuana joint very tight
  2. Suck in very gently, because the sucking mechanism can dislodge the blood clot
  3. Do not smoke any more than necessary

Last but not least, we would like to remind you once again that smoking should be avoided during the first 72 hours. If you want to ease the pain, take painkillers instead. I hope this post can give you clear information about smoking weed after wisdom teeth extraction. Don’t forget to share some comments in the comment section below! We would love to hear your experience!

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