Do you have an upcoming appointment for a wisdom teeth extraction? After a wisdom tooth extraction, there are considerations patients need to make to ensure they heal as optimally as possible. A common issue that might arise among patients after receiving a tooth extraction is the development of dry socket.
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms over an empty tooth socket becomes disturbed or dislodged. A blood clot forming over the empty tooth socket is an integral part of the healing process. If the blood clot is disturbed, patients will experience discomfort and have difficulty healing from their procedures.
Following are tips for preventing the development of dry socket:
Eat liquids and soft foods as recommend by our surgeon. Our team will send you home with a packet of information on what to eat and what kinds of foods to avoid. The days following treatment, it is especially important that patients follow these recommendations closely. Liquids and soft foods are gentle to eat because they have no sharp edges that could disturb the blood clot.
Avoid touching the extraction site. It is a bad idea to touch the extraction site with your tongue or fingers. Touching the extraction site(s) can easily disturb the blood clot.
Practice gentle oral hygiene. After your wisdom teeth are removed, it is still important to practice proper oral hygiene. You should gently floss and brush but avoid brushing directly over extraction sites. Be sure to brush with gentle strokes and exercise carefulness when threading floss between teeth.
What to Do if Dry Socket Develops
If you develop dry socket, you should call our practice as soon as possible. When calling, be sure to inform us that you recently had your wisdom teeth removed and believe you have dry socket. This will help us give you tips to keep you comfortable while we arrange for your visit. You will need to return to our practice so that our oral surgeon can make an incision over the empty tooth socket so that a new clot will form.
Call us today at Austin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for questions or to schedule an appointment.