When wisdom teeth are so decayed or causing problems, then wisdom teeth removal may be necessary. Some side effects may occur after extraction. A dry socket is one of the potential side effects of dental extraction. The dry cavity occurs when the blood clot fails to stay.
In the case of a dry socket, the absence of blood clot or potential infection of the clot leads to post-operative pain in the area of extraction of the tooth. Patients may also notice bad odor or taste in their mouth. With proper care, dry socket can be avoided. If evolved, they are just a temporary condition that will quickly resolve with appropriate treatment.
Dry socket Risk factors
Not everyone who has extracted wisdom teeth will develop a dry socket, but some factors can increase the risk of developing it.
- Smoking and alcohol use
- Use oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement therapy
- Not following care instructions after extraction of teeth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Infection in the gums or teeth around the extraction site
Symptoms of dry socket
- Constant pain in the extraction site within the first 3 days
- Coagulation of blood is lost at the extraction site
- Bad Smell coming from the mouth
- Bad taste in the mouth
Wisdom tooth dry socket management
If our dentists suspect a dry socket after the wisdom tooth is removed, the patient will be sent to X-rays to rule out the dry socket. Wash the socket to remove any annoying debris, the dry socket, in some cases, may be covered with medical dressing by the dentist to prompt healing. After handling the dry socket in the clinic, you will need to continue home care as well.
Home treatment usually includes
While the medical management of the dry socket helps relieve pain and promote healing, self-care at home is no less important.
- Curasept mouthwash for several days
- Continue to take pain medications as prescribed by the dentist.
- Dry socket recovery necessitates regular follow-up appointments with the dentist to ensure proper healing.
Management and lifestyle change for wisdom tooth dry socket recovery
You may need to make lifestyle adjustments while handling the dry socket, these changes include:
- No Smoking or physical exercise for the first 48 hours
- Rinse the mouth gently with warm water 2-3 times a day but not vigorously
- Avoid spicy foods that irritate the inflamed tissues, and avoid soft frizzy drinks.
- Avoid sucking through a straw
Patients undergoing wisdom tooth removal should
- Immediately after surgery, take several precautions to prevent dry socket, including pressure on the wound with sterile gauze, antibacterial mouthwash for postoperative use.
- Rest after surgery, avoid sports activities and other activities that may remove blood clots.
- Drink plenty of water after surgery and avoid soft, hot, and alcoholic drinks.
- Eat wisdom teeth soft diet at the day after surgery.
- Avoid the area of the wound when brushing your teeth for the first day after surgery.
The dry socket although painful, once treatment is initiated and the patient follows the instructions from wisdom teeth doctors at Penrith and Chatswood, fast healing and complete recovery is expected.
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