After a wisdom tooth extraction, it’s important to allow your mouth to heal. Dry sockets are one of the most common complications that can arise during this healing process. Dry sockets are painful, but they can usually be avoided with proper care. Keep reading to learn how you can prevent this condition.
What are Dry Sockets?
After you have a tooth extracted, your body will form blood clots near the removal site to help your body heal. Dry sockets (also known as alveolar osteitis) form when one of these blood clots either does not form, is dislodged or breaks down before your mouth has healed. Dry sockets can be very painful and will also delay your healing.
Avoiding Dry Sockets
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent dry sockets. Making a sucking motion with your mouth can dislodge blood clots. While you might be enjoying smoothies and milkshakes during your recovery, avoid using straws with these drinks. Smoking can also cause dry sockets. Ask your dentist or oral surgeon if you have other factors that increase your risk of developing dry sockets.
When to Call Your Oral Surgeon
Contact your oral surgeon if you suspect you have developed dry sockets. They can make recommendations for a speedy recovery and can also discuss pain management with you. If you need a wisdom tooth extraction or would like to discuss your wisdom tooth extraction recovery, call Katy Cypress Oral Surgery at 281-667-0607.