Dry Sockets and Wisdom Teeth Removal
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Dry Sockets and Wisdom Teeth Removal

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After teeth are pulled, there is the risk of developing a condition known as “dry socket.” This condition can be treated but is very painful. We suggest doing all you can to avoid developing dry sockets in the first place.

Dry Sockets

Dry sockets begin to form when adult teeth, most commonly the wisdom teeth, are removed and the bone and nerves in the empty socket are exposed. A clot with form over the empty socket to keep it protected, but if this clot is somehow dislodged, the area will become vulnerable to infection. This is a dry socket.

Risk Factors for Dry Sockets

There are a few things that can put you at a higher risk of developing dry sockets after wisdom teeth removal. These can include:

  • Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco
  • Taking blood thinners
  • Having had dry sockets in the past
  • Using hormonal birth control
  • Struggling to maintain a good oral hygiene routine

A certain amount of pain is expected after having the wisdom teeth removed. However, if the pain begins to worsen, radiate towards the ears, or becomes unbearable, it’s important that you contact your dentist or the dental surgeon who removed your wisdom teeth.

Before receiving orthodontic treatment, many people will have to have had their wisdom teeth removed first. For more information about orthodontics, or to make an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation, please contact Lockett Orthodontics. Our office is located here Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

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