What is Dry Socket and How Do I Avoid It?

What is Dry Socket and How Do I Avoid It?

If you are thinking about having your Wisdom Teeth removed you have probably heard the term "Dry Socket" from someone who has had there Wisdom Teeth removed and developed the dreaded "Dry Socket" 


So what exactly is Dry Socket and what can you do to avoid getting one? 


First off, Dry socket usually occurs 5-10 days after a tooth is extracted. When the tooth is extracted  a blood clot forms in the tooth socket and seals the area so that it can heal. Dry Socket occurs when the blood clot breaks down or is dislodged, This exposes the bone and nerves of the tooth and causes extreme pain. 


Now the good news is that  only 2 to 5% of people will develop a dry socket and there are some things you can do to avoid it all together. We call them the 5 S's. 


1 - Don't Smoke for 7 days after the surgery. Smokers have a much higher risk of Dry Socket and we see these patients back in our office with dry socket more often then not. 


2 - Don't Spit, when rinsing your mouth after the surgery, try to be gently for a couple days, if you can avoid Spitting you will be better off!


3 - Don't Swish, also when rinsing, try to think of rinsing as if we are disinfecting the surgical sites rather than trying to get ready for a hot date! 


4 - Dont Suck, we want to avoid sucking through a straw if at all possible for a few days after the surgery. This will help to keep the blod clots in the socket where they belong. 


5 - Last but not least No Solids! stick to your Soft food diet for 5-7 days. Besides not smoking this is the most important one, Almost every patient that comes back in to be treated for dry socket has a socket full of food that has to be rinsed out before it can be treated. This is super important! 


Our goal at Simply Wisdom Teeth is to first help you avoid getting a Dry Docket, however if you do happen to be one of the 2-5% please rest assured that we will be hear to help. We have a 24 hr. Nurse Line that you can call to get help. In most cases we will meet you at the office, clean out the socket, and put some medicine in the socket to relieve you of the pain.  In some cases we will have to do this 2-3 times before you heal up from the Dry Socket.  Our promise to you is that we  will be there to help you if it happens to you! 


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Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Hurt? Reason #2

Why do your wisdom teeth hurt!?  Because they hate you?  Because they are cursed?  For no discernible reason at all?  Sometimes it truly feels that way.  But usually there is a reason for the pain.


REASON #1:  Soft Tissue Pain and Infection

Oftentimes the wisdom tooth only partially erupts.  When this happens you will notice that part of the tooth is in your mouth while part is still covered with gums(see the picture at right).  This hurts because bacteria can accumulate under the gums and cause swelling.  Have you felt like your wisdom tooth was moving up and down?  It really isn’t moving, but the tissue over the tooth is swelling up with infection and then bursting.  That is why to you it feels like your tooth is moving up and down!

Sometimes this condition can be remedied by simply removing the tissue around the tooth; however, more often than not, the only remedy is the removal of the tooth!

If your wisdom teeth are hurting, call our office (435) 652-1243 for an appointment today!

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Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Hurt? Reason #1

Why do your wisdom teeth hurt!? Because they hate you? Because they are cursed? For no discernible reason at all? Sometimes it truly feels that way. But usually there is a very logical reason for the pain.


REASON #1:  Your Wisdom Tooth has a Cavity!

Yes, it really can happen, wisdom teeth do get cavities!  When a wisdom tooth begins to erupt, it becomes exposed to the bacteria in the mouth.  These bacteria will cause the wisdom tooth to decay!  More often then not, your wisdom teeth are very hard to clean and so the bacteria flourish.

You may opt to have your wisdom tooth fixed with a filling; however, the expense and inconvenience are rarely worth the effort.  (And believe me, we dentists don’t like to do fillings that far back in the mouth!!)  It is difficult for the dentist to insure a quality restoration on a decaying third molar.

The solution?  Get it out! 

For more information call (435) 652-1243

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Visit our website www.lasvegaswisdomteethremoval.com or www.simplywisdomteeth.com