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If you’ve had an oral surgery, such as tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, or a dental implant at Dr. Dale Gallaghers’s Austin, Texas clinic, it’s important to take measure to ensure the health and recovery of your gums. This starts with simple measures, like eating soft foods, drinking without a straw, and taking any prescription medications as directed.

It’s also worth noting that other lifestyle choices can pose complications to your recovery after oral surgery.

Tobacco use poses a significant threat to the postoperative gum health. The tar, chemicals and potential heat can significantly irritate healing gum tissues. At first, this can slow the recovery process, increasing the amount of time it takes for your gums to fully heal.

Even occasional tobacco use increases your chances of a dangerous infection developing at the incision site of the healing gum tissues. This could call for additional treatment methods, including a course of prescription antibiotics. In an extreme case, the infection might even require an additional oral surgery to excise an abscess or other infected oral tissues.

If you have an upcoming oral surgery scheduled at Dr. Dale Gallagher’s Austin, Texas clinic, it would be wise to speak to your primary physician to explore your tobacco cessation options. If possible, try to choose a tobacco cessation program that doesn’t include the use of nicotine gum or lozenges. These too can also irritate healing gums.