What You Need To Know About Weed Smoking and Oral Surgery
So, you are having your wisdom teeth removed or other serious dental surgery? However, you smoke weed for either recreational or medicinal use. The $1,000 questions are:
- Do I even have to stop smoking?
- When can I start smoking weed again?
I will answer the above question later in this article.
I am not Doctor and I do not even play one on TV. Therefore, this article is not giving you any recommendations, as its purpose is to guide you in the right direction;so, you can make your own educated decision.
What’s The Problem With Smoking Weed After Tooth Extraction?
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What is Dry Socket?
After oral surgery, like getting your wisdom teeth removed, blood clots should start forming at the area where your wisdom tooth was extracted. When you get Dry Socket, either the blood clot doesn’t occur, or the blood clot disappears before you are properly healed. It results in your nerves and bones being exposed to the elements. (Air, food, bacteria, etc.) You will feel intense pain where your tooth previously was, and also, the nerves on your face will likely be affected.
As you can imagine, it is excruciatingly painful and expensive as it can’t be cured with over the counter medicine. So, you will need to make an extra emergency visit to your oral surgeon, who will flush out the empty socket with water and then prescribe you antibiotics and pain killers. Your impatience in not waiting to smoke can result in severe pain and an increased delay in you being able to start up again.
Why Does Smoking Cause Dry Socket?
When you suck during smoking, the beneficial blood clot, in your empty tooth socket, is more likely to be dislodged. Also, the cottonmouth that is associated with weed can increase the chance of getting a dry socket or other complications.
Watch this video for more info on dry socket.
How Long Should You Wait To Smoke Weed After Tooth Extraction Or Any Type Of Oral Surgery?
Is Smoking Weed After Getting Wisdom Teeth Out Not Recommended?
Nirvana Dental’s website states that you should wait to start smoking after 72 hours at the very minimum. And according to the website, HelloMD, you should wait at least five days before either wisdom teeth removal or tooth extraction.
Are Edibles An Acceptable Alternative?
Edibles are better than smoking weed. However, the dry mouth side effects caused by marijuana are bad for your gums, which can result in the healing process after wisdom teeth removal being delayed.
What About Vaping After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Vaping after tooth surgery is just as bad. The problem is that you are still sucking when you are inhaling.
Should You Not Smoke Weed Before Dental Surgery?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes, as THC has an adverse reaction on certain anesthesia (I.E., Propofol), where
That more anesthetic is needed has been proven in a study in New Zealand that found that those
The number of days you should stop smoking
The Great Unknown
As you likely already know,
Pre and Post Surgery
First of all, follow the advice of your Doctor. Also, if smoking soon after surgery is a big issue for you, look and see what the Doctor’s policy is concerning
Smoking Weed Before And After Oral Surgery
Before Oral Surgery
Should I stop smoking weed before I have oral surgery?
Unfortunately, yes, you should stop smoking before you undergo wisdom teeth removal or even a simple tooth extraction. The problem is that that THC may result in you having to need more anesthesia. THC requires more anesthesia as if you do not get enough anesthesia you may wake up unexpectedly during surgery. To be safe, you should stop smoking weed at least two weeks before any surgery, which will knock you out. I.E. Propofol.
After Oral Surgery
When can I smoke weed after wisdom teeth removal?
The answer to how long you should quit smoking weed before getting your teeth pulled is not cut and dry, as my research has found various contradictory answers as I found times ranging from 72 hours to five days before either wisdom teeth removal or tooth extraction.
Can you get dry Socket smoking weed after oral surgery?
Yes, smoking anything can reduce the chance of beneficial blood clots appearing, which in turn can cause the painful complication of dry socket to appear.
Is it safe to start up vaping after wisdom teeth removal?
No, the sucking action of vaping weed or smoking anything is what can cause complications after oral surgery.
Below are articles on what you should or should not do if you smoke weed.