Getting dry sockets after wisdom teeth extraction, or any tooth extraction, is one of the most painful things that can happen after the procedure.
Dry sockets, also known as Alveolar Osteitis, are the most common complication following a tooth extraction. It’s painful and can prolong the healing process.
What Causes Dry Sockets?
A dry socket occurs when the hole left behind by an extracted tooth gets infected. Causes vary from patient to patient. For example, sometimes a difficult tooth extraction is to blame.
And if you have a previous history of dry sockets, you’re at higher risk for more.
How to Avoid Dry Sockets
Post-operation care is important. Follow every instruction your dentist gives you. Even simple guidelines—such as biting on the gauze placed on your extraction site—have an important role in the healing process.
Actions like sucking on a straw, smoking, drinking alcohol or hot liquids and even vigorous rinsing can aggravate your symptoms. Tell your dentist if you’ve had previous dry sockets, so he or she can advise accordingly.
And remember – the extraction is a surgery. Take it easy while you heal and don’t do any strenuous activity. At the end of the day, you must trust your dentist and take the proper precautions to avoid dry sockets.