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is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that i can absolutely avoid? i'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if i do everything right, can i avoid it?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
This : This question is asked numerous times, and the answer is the same: you can minimized your chances of getting a dry socket, but I do not believe there is a 100% fool proof, guaranteed way for you to avoid it. It is a complication of extracting teeth. Control the bleeding after the extraction by biting on gauze to let the blood clot form in the socket. Then, do not rinse or gargle for 24 hours. If you need to spit out, spit out gently and avoid opening wide (you can pull out the stitches, opening the wound). Eat soft foods, small bites. Have your dentist/surgeon guide you, and you should be fine.
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All well said and true! A dry socket is painful because the clot formed is dislodged and the bone is open to the envronment. Following directions exactly will help minimize the chances, but not eliminate it. Do not use a straw to drink with, the suction can dislodge the clot. Good luck.
Jan 13, 2013
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Yes: No smoking, spitting, drinking through a straw. Take vitamin c 2000 mg / day : helps healing.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Dry Socket: It's not bad luck, it's alveolar osteitis, or inflammation of the bone in the tooth socket, and it's painful but can generally be avoided. Follow your oral surgeon's instructions: don't smoke, avoid carbonated beverages and straws, or anything that might disturb wound healing. If you do get a dry socket, it can predictably be treated and the pain relieved. Follow instructions and you'll do fine.

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