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dry socket

Many young adults have their wisdom teeth removed due to overcrowding in the mouth which prevents the wisdom teeth from properly erupting through the gum. Because of Dr. Tomlinson’s professional expertise, you have no need to fear this surgery. He can perform this surgery swiftly and with precision. After your surgery, it’s important to take meticulous care during your healing time. If you are not careful, dry socket may occur.

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If you choose to prolong your wisdom teeth removal, your mouth may develop infections, cavities, gum disease, pain, stiffness, and swelling. These factors greatly influence the need to remove wisdom teeth.

Why Does Dry Socket Occur?

When you have a tooth extracted, a blood clot naturally forms to protect the exposed nerves and bone. This blood clot is not uncomfortable or abnormal in any way. It is your body’s natural way of protecting the new opening in your mouth. However, if this blood clot is removed, dry socket can occur.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dry Socket?

Dry socket normally occurs two to three days after you’ve had a tooth extracted. If you have dry socket, you will know immediately (there will be no guessing). Your body will send signals to your brain that something is wrong. You may experience intense pain and have a foul taste in your mouth. If this occurs, contact Dr. Tomlinson immediately for relief.

How Can I Avoid This Painful Occurrence?

The best way to avoid dry socket is to be extremely careful the first four to five days after your tooth extraction. Avoid using a straw (the suction could dislodge the blood clot), smoking, and swishing your mouth with water or mouthwash.

Call the AOSC team today if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or dry sockets.