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How to Prevent a Dry Socket After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Woman in dental chairAfter wisdom teeth are removed, you are at risk for a condition known as ‘dry socket.’ While this condition can occur after the removal of any teeth, it’s most common after wisdom tooth removal. This condition can be very painful, and while it can be treated, we suggest doing all you can to prevent developing a dry socket in the first place.

Dry Socket Causes and Risk Factors

When adult teeth are removed, the bone or nerve in the empty socket is suddenly exposed. If properly healing, a clot will form inside the empty socket in order to protect the exposed tissue. If something is done to dislodge the clot or if it fails to form in the first place, the socket can become prone to infection. This what is known as a dry socket.

Some pain is expected after a tooth extraction, especially for wisdom teeth. However, if the pain begins to worsen, radiate toward the ear, or if you develop a fever, you may have dry sockets and should contact your dentist or dental surgeon immediately.

Below are a few factors that put you at a higher risk of developing a dry socket:

  • If you use hormonal birth control
  • If you’ve had a history of dry sockets in the past
  • Tobacco use or smoking cigarettes
  • Taking medication that thins the blood
  • If you have a history of poor dental health or hygiene

Preventing Dry Sockets

After having any teeth extracted, it’s important to take any medication or follow any instructions given to you by your dentist. Many of these instructions are given in order to prevent a dry socket from occurring. Some of these instructions may include:

  • Do not drink from straws
  • Do not spit or rinse the mouth for 24 hours after extraction
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco for 72 hours after extraction
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or warm beverages
  • Avoid eating crunchy foods

To make an appointment at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, please contact one of our locations in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado. Find an endodontist near me. Also serving the Briargate area. Need a Briargate root canal or dental root canal treatment? Contact us today.

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