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Can I get dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Can I get dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Yes: A dry socket can occur with the removal of any tooth, although in my practice, it is quite rare with removal of teeth in the upper jaw. Smoking, vigorous rinsing, spitting and drinking through a straw should be avoided immediately postop as these actions may increase the risk of dislodging the blood clot. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more


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How can I avoid dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Dry socket: It is good that you are already aware of such post-extraction complications. If you were given a post-op instruction, please read well and follow it. Make sure not to spit hard if you rinse your mouth (keep it to minimum for the first couple days), stay on a soft diet, if unsure request a post-extraction exam or check to make sure healing is normal. Losing blood clot leads to dry socket. ...Read more

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How long is there a risk of dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Varies: Onset anywhere from the day of extraction to 4 days and than chances decrease..But symptoms can last long once caused. ...Read more

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I think I have dry socket - got wisdom teeth removed. What do I do?

I think I have dry socket - got wisdom teeth removed. What do I do?

Avoid: If you have been smoking, spitting or drinking with a straw, try to avoid doing those things. If you have a bad taste in your mouth and persistent pain in the extraction site (usually in the lower jaw), your dentist or surgeon should see you to determine if you have a dry socket or not. ...Read more

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What is the chance of getting dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

What is the chance of getting dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Possible: It is possible depending on the type of procedure you had. Follow your dentist's instructions and report any swelling or pain. ...Read more

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How can one know if they have dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

How can  one know if they have dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Delayed healing/pain: After wisdom teeth removal the socket where the tooth was fills with blood that later coagulate and eventually turn into bone after the gums heal to close it on top. If that blood clot gets dislodged for any reason like rinsing right after or smoking, the socket gets infected and does not heal. The condition usually associated with pain and foul odor from the infection. ...Read more

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What causes a dry socket after wisdom teeth? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth removed, and am worried about dry socket. What causes it? .

Difficult extraction: Excessive trauma is thought to be the main cause. Very difficult impactions are best handled by an oral surgeon to maximize skill and minimize post op complications. However dry sockets do occur from time to time. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Avoid . . .: Vigorous rinsing, spitting sucking through a straw and smoking as these may increase the risk of developing a dry socket. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

What are some ways to prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Post-op Insructions: Generally bite on guaze squares for a half hr after to allow blood clot to form, no swishing or rinsing for the day, no smoking, keep area clean without disturbing the blood clot. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

Bone infection: A dry socket is infection that develops in the bone socket. It is best treated by careful debridement to remove the layer of infected bone and to restart bleeding that important in the development of a full socket blood clot. Perscription antibiotic and anti inflammatory medication is often indicated. ...Read more

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Dry Socket (Definition)

A complication in the healing after an extraction. It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing the bone. It produces a foul ...Read more