How can I avoid dry socket after wisdom tooth removal?

Having a wisdom tooth removed can be an unnerving experience. The procedure is performed almost routinely during the late teens and early twenties with predictable results. Still, the wisdom teeth have gained a reputation for being complicated and painful, based on some bad experiences elsewhere, a thought that makes some dental patients understandably apprehensive.

To relieve your anxiety and put your busy thoughts to rest, your Chicago oral surgeon will provide you with valuable treatment information prior to the start of the procedure. This information will prepare you for what you should expect from start to finish, including details on how to prevent post-operative complications. 

Dry socket is perhaps one of the most uncomfortable complications that can develop following the extraction of a wisdom tooth, but it can generally be avoided when you understand the cause of the condition and then follow these steps for prevention.

Dry socket is perhaps one of the most uncomfortable complications that can develop following the extraction of a wisdom tooth, but it can generally be avoided when you understand the cause of the condition and then follow these steps for prevention.

After a tooth is extracted, a blood clot must form within the empty tooth socket in order to start the healing process. The blood clot serves as a layer of protection for the underlying bone and nerve tissue. Without that protection, you are likely to suffer consequences such as infection and significant pain for several days or weeks.   Sometimes, the blood clot fails to form through no fault of your own, but often times you can avoid any problems by protecting the extraction site in the first hours and days after surgery.

Smoking is a prime risk factor for dry socket, and dragging on cigarettes or cigars can dislodge a fragile blood clot. Even spitting or drinking through a straw can create enough suction to disrupt the healing process! There are also some factors that can reduce the body’s ability to form a blood clot in the first place, such as the use of tobacco products and certain medications including birth control pills.

Our dual degree oral and maxillofacial surgeons will provide you with tips for eating, drinking, and cleaning your mouth as gently as possible until adequate healing has taken place. Additionally, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons have several medicated remedies that relieve the discomfort caused by fibrinolytic alveolitis – dry socket.  Learn more about what to expect after having your wisdom teeth extracted by calling ORA® at 312-328-9000 to schedule a consultation today.