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Had wisdom tooth surgery. Can I smoke weed, consume alcohol or wait till complete healing?

Hi, Its been exactly one week today since I had my wisdom teeth surgery. I went in today for my check up and they said everything is healing fine and gave me the cleaning syringe . One lady said it would take a full month for the holes to completely close up. 1. Is it bad to smoke weed as of now, or eat an edible? 2. Am I able to drink beer or any type of liqueur? And 3. Does this mean i can t do either of those for a whole month?
Asked On : Tue, 3 Jul 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM
I would like to tell you that extraction of wisdom teeth is complicated procedure & takes normally little bit more time in healing compared to other teeth.It normally takes approx 1 month for healing.Its advisable to wait for around 1 month before starting this habit.Although i would advise you to cease this habit as it has lots of adverse effects. Smoking delays the healing process,its better to postpone at least for 1 month.
Meanwhile do betadine gargles thrice a day.Also do warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day.
Continue your medications till your doctor advice.

Take Care
Answered: Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Geoffrey Ward's  Response
Hello and thank you for your question.
It will take a full month for the healing as he said. It takes up to a year for the bone to heal underneath the tissue. Smoking weed is something I don't condone. If you want to smoke it, I would wait a month. Personally with how carcinogenic marijuana is, I would not use it at all, esp when taking other medications. You can wait 15 days until you consume alcohol but it MUST be no sooner than 3 days since your last dosage of pain medication as this may cause an accidental overdose.

Best wishes and good health

Dr. Ward
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
first of all i would like to inform you that extraction socket takes approx. a month to heal completely,
smoking and alcohol intake should be avoided for atleast 15 days, and your dentist knows better as to when you can start smoking.also,if you are on medications then you will have to avoid all of this.
kindly maintain your oral hygiene well,
and i wish you good health.

Answered: Fri, 20 Jul 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
hello and welcome,
as your wisdom tooth has got extracted,it will take more time than the usual tooth extraction.for complete healing of socket requires minimum 3-4 weeks.
please avoid smoking and alcohol as it can retard wound healing.
take the antibiotics complete course.clean and irrigate the area using betadine and saline rinse.
avoid food lodgement in the socket area as it can delay healing process.
wash your mouth after every meals.
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Udaykumar Bondre's  Response
Hello & welcome,
After normal tooth extraction, it takes almost 30 days to completely heal the extraction socket.
In your case, you have gone under wisdom tooth surgery, which is somewhat more extensive procedure. So, accordingly, you should definitely avoid smoking at least for a month as smoking within early period after extraction may hamper proper healing of extraction socket .
Now for alcohol, it should be avoided at least for first 12-15 days after extraction. After this period alcohol intake is acceptable only if you are not under any medication as it carries risk of drug interaction.
Maintain cleanliness properly as it will aid healing faster. You can take warm saline gargles which will remove accumulated food debris in extraction socket.

Take care.
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
it is not good to smoke as i usually put it but try to avoid that side. liquor would help you forget the pain for some time.
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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