Pulled Out Wisdom Teeth? How to Prevent Dry Socket – Elite Dental Care Tracy


21 July 2020

Pulled Out Wisdom Teeth? How to Prevent Dry Socket – Elite Dental Care Tracy

Pulled out wisdom teeth? How to prevent dry socket:
Health is wealth is an evergreen slogan, that everybody has to follow and chant in their life.
Indeed “Oral health is a reflection of physiological, social, psychological factors that are essential to our quality of life.”
To keep up the oral and physical health, one has to maintain oral hygiene and stay away from oral diseases.
Perhaps, in a few cases, though people maintain oral hygiene, unfortunately, they face oral issues.
Everybody in their lifetime come across the Wisdom tooth/teeth or the third molars at different ages.
Therefore, It is impossible to escape or prevent the pain of wisdom teeth, even with good oral hygiene.
Here is a brief introduction about wisdom teeth:
What is a wisdom tooth?
There are different stages in the development of teeth from childhood to adulthood.
The first set of teeth (milk teeth) develops during the infant age, and the second set that is permanent teeth grows from the age of 6 to adulthood.
Wisdom teeth erupt in the mouth from 18 – 25 years of age at the backside in each quadrant of the mouth. They are the last permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth.
Need for tooth extraction:
Wisdom tooth does not cause any pain or discomfort if it erupts in a comfortable space at the backside of the teeth.
In case, if the wisdom teeth grow in a congested area that objects its eruption, then the wisdom tooth gets impacted and pressurizes the second set of teeth.
It creates a lot of pain or discomfort and a few times damages the neighbouring teeth.
In such cases, the dentist suggests the extraction of wisdom teeth to avoid further dental complications.
After pulling out the wisdom teeth, a few people experience a traumatic pain and a helpless condition called “Dry Socket.”
This condition causes unbearable pain. However, treatment is available for this condition.
What is Dry socket?
After the tooth extraction, the bone or nerve in that area gets exposed, and immediately a clot forms to safeguard the exposed area.
If the clot doesn’t form, the extracted area becomes sensitive and prone to infections resulting in a dry socket.
Immediate medical assistance is required in such cases to avoid further complications.
How to Identify if you have a dry socket?
Commonly, you will experience a small amount of discomfort or pain after the extraction of wisdom teeth.
However, if the pain is intense and you observe the pain spread to the ears or get a bad taste in your tongue, they are the symptoms of dry socket.
If you have these symptoms after a wisdom tooth extraction, they are sure to be symptoms of a dry socket.
Consult your dentist for confirmation and get the treatment accordingly.
Tips to Prevent a dry socket:
Here are a few tips to keep your extraction site clean, and get rid of dry socket.

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Do not rinse or spit after the extraction procedure. It might disturb and melt the clot.
  • Avoid tobacco, smoking, and drinking alcohol after the extraction at least for 24 hours.
  • Stay away from carbonated drinks.
  • Do not meddle with the clotted area or touch the wound frequently.
  • Do not eat hard substances like popcorn, peanuts, etc. that leave residual food particles at least four days after the procedure.
  • After eating, rinse thoroughly with salt water to remove the remained debris, food particles, etc.
  • Do not use straws for drinking liquids.
  • Take a lot of rest and limit your physical activities.
  • Eat soft foods, do not chew on the side of the operated area.

Treatment for dry socket:
Dry socket is very uncommon. They occur to approximately 2% to 5 % of people.
If you have extracted your wisdom teeth and are experiencing a dry socket, then run to your dentist for treatment.
Your dentist would suggest:

  1. Pain killers to take off the pain.
  2. Topical medications to relieve the pain instantly.
  3. The dentist will direct you with some precautions, follow and practice the dentist’s suggestions of treatment.
  4. Antibiotics will prevent pain and heal the affected area.

Once you undergo the procedure of healing the dry socket, you should be careful while eating, drinking, brushing, or doing any other activity with your teeth.
As doctors, we suggest you to find out the dental issues while they are in the initial stage and sort them out with small home remedies or medicines suggestions.
This leads to quick treatment and decreased complications.
Poor oral health leads to dental issues and unhappy life.
Oral hygiene implies a healthy and happy life.
If you want to know more about wisdom teeth or dry sockets, call us on 209 214 708 or mail us at info@theelitedental.com.