What is dry socket and how can it be avoided?
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.