After a wisdom tooth is removed, a blood clot will temporarily form to protect the gum and nerves. If these are exposed, a condition known as ‘dry socket’ can develop, causing sensitivity, pain and infection.

– Help to keep the area clean whilst it heals. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, taking care around this area.

– Smoking, stress, carbonated drinks and straws can slow the healing process.

– If you experience sensitivity, pain, discharge or a strange taste in the mouth, speak to your dentist straight away.

Allowing the wound to heal undisturbed can help prevent dry socket.

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.