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Wisdom Teeth Pulled? How to Prevent Dry Socket

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Wisdom Teeth Pulled? How to Prevent Dry Socket

Millions of Americans get their wisdom teeth removed every year with minimal swelling, discomfort, or pain; only 2-5 percent of extracted patients experience dry sockets. A dry socket is a hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed.

Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a common complication following the removal of third molars (wisdom teeth). Vita Dental Spring recommends knowing about dry socket before the removal procedure so that it can help the patient avoid getting them.

What Causes Dry Socket

Usually, a blood clot formulates at the spot of tooth extraction. It works as a shielding layer over the nerve endings bone and in the empty socket. The blood clot provides the basis for the growth of new bone and the development of soft tissue over the clot.

When this blood clot becomes dislocated, fails to develop or dissolves before the wound has healed, it causes discomfort and pain. The pain comes about because bacteria and saliva become lodged in the clots place.

Although dry sockets can be incredibly painful, preventing them is easy. Once you develop a dry socket, the pain usually starts within the first three days after extraction. The extracted lower teeth are more likely to develop dry sockets than the upper teeth. Over-the-counter medications alone may not be enough to treat the pain. Nevertheless, your dental surgeon can offer treatments to relieve your pain.

Preventing Dry Socket before Oral Surgery

Seek a dentist or oral surgeon who is highly experienced in tooth extractions. With our dentists at Vita Dental Spring, you will experience great and professional wisdom teeth extraction services.

If possible, avoid smoking before your tooth extraction, because tobacco products can increase your risk of developing a dry socket.

Discuss with your dentist or oral surgeon about any over-the-counter medications, prescription, or supplements you’re taking, as they may hinder blood clotting.

What You Can Do After Surgery

Doctors will instruct you on what to expect after tooth extraction and how to care for the wound during the healing period. Proper home care for a tooth extraction helps promote quick healing and prevent damage to the wound.

Rest after the surgery and follow your dentist’s recommendations about when to recommence on normal activities; and how long to avoid demanding sports and exercises that may lead to dislocating the blood clot in the socket.

To help minimize pain and swelling on the first day after extraction, place cold packs on the outside of your face and warm packs after that. Stick to your oral surgeon’s instructions on applying heat or cold to your face. Take the pain medicines as prescribed.

Stay hydrated after the surgery. Avoid any alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated, or hot beverages for as long as advised by your dentist. Do not take your drinks with a straw for at least one week, because sucking may dislodge the blood clot in the socket.

During the first day, ensure that you eat only soft foods, such as yogurt, clear soup, mashed potatoes or sauces. You can continue with semisoft foods only when you can endure them. Try to avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth. Consume hot and cold liquids with care and refrain from biting your cheek until the anesthesia wears off.

Soon after surgery, you can brush and rinse your mouth gently while avoiding the extraction site for the first 24 hours. Later you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day for about a week to remove excess bacteria. You can make the saline solution by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 237 milliliters of water. Ensure that you use the medicated oral rinse as instructed.

If you use tobacco or smoke, avoid them for at least 48 hours after surgery and as long as you can after that. As you continue to use the tobacco products after oral surgery, it can delay the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

Avoiding touching the wound, by all means, the only time you may touch them should be when changing the gauze after the procedure.

Your dentist at Vita Dental Spring will take several steps to prevent dry socket and ensure proper healing. These steps might include recommending either of these medications:

Oral antibiotics, particularly if you have a compromised immune system

Antibacterial mouthwashes or gels immediately before and after surgery

Antiseptic solutions applied to the wound

Medicated dressings applied after surgery

Dry sockets aren’t common with every case of wisdom tooth removal, however knowing about them before your tooth extraction procedure is always a good thing. Probable complications may include slowed down healing or progression to chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis). The dental surgeons at Vita Dental Spring can help discuss with you tips for dry socket prevention in further detail. In case you need to book an appointment for extracting your wisdom tooth or are in need of any other type of oral surgery, please visit the Vita Dental Spring contact page and for assistance.

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