All you need to know about Dry Socket after a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

We know that going to the dentist to get a teeth extraction might be intimidating. We may think that lots of stuff can go wrong!

In reality most of the possible consequences of getting your teeth extracted are preventable.

We have talked about some of the things that can happen after a tooth extraction, you can check that blog post as well to know more!

Today we would like to take a deep dive into Dry Socket after a Wisdom Tooth Extraction, what is it, how to identify it and what you can do to prevent it.

What is a dry socket?

Dry socket sometimes appears after a permanent adult tooth is extracted, and is quite painful.

It is the most common complication following tooth extractions.

When you get a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms where your tooth used to be, protecting your nerves and bone, if this clot fails to develop or falls down you might experience Dry Socket.

Without any protection of your underlying bone, it gets exposed as well as the nerves causing you lots of pain.

Signs that to identify Dry Socket after a Wisdom Tooth Extraction 

Symptoms of dry socket may include:

  • After tooth extraction, extreme pain can expand to the ears, neck, and other parts of the head.
  • Noticing an empty cavity inside of your mouth
  • Bad breath and taste in your mouth.

After a tooth extraction is completely normal to feel some degree of pain and discomfort, using the prescription your doctor gave you should be enough to manage normal pain.

However, if you can’t stand the pain that might be the greatest sing to go visit your dentist as soon as possible.

How to prevent it

The most important step you can take to prevent getting a dry socket is going to an experience dentist.

If you are taking any kind of medicine, communication is key. There are some medications that can interfere with the formation of blood clots.

Talking to your dentist and asking questions about the after care of your mouth is super important as well, they will provide you with medications and/or mouthwash to reduce the possibility of infection or other problems.

After the procedure, follow your dentist’s instructions on what kinds of activities you can perform, mostly intense activities and exercise.

Follow your dentist’s instructions on food and drink you can consume. Mostly avoid alcohol, coffee and hard foods.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Phoenix Arizona

One of the best ways to prevent having complications is going to a professional well-established dental office, where the health and sanitary measures are taken. We’re that dental office!

Come to Somos Dental and get your wisdom teeth taken out for the best prices around the valley.

You can get a free first appointment by calling us at 623-900-1554 or by filling our online form. You can also find us at our six locations in Downtown Phoenix, Mesa, Camelback, Laveen, Desert Sky Mall, and Avondale. 

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