Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure typically provided by an oral surgeon. Having one’s wisdom teeth removed can prevent a number of oral health complications such as periodontal disease, orthodontic problems, and abscessed teeth. After your wisdom teeth extraction, it is important to allow a blood clot to form over the treatment site. If you touch the extraction site with your finger or tongue, you can dislodge the blood clot and develop dry socket.
A blood clot forming over the extraction site is a necessary part of the healing process. Like a scab over skin, a blood clot helps tissue close over the empty tooth socket. Dry socket can slow down the healing process and produce pain and discomfort.
What should I do if I develop dry socket?
If you dislodge the blood clots over wisdom teeth extraction sites, you need to call our practice to schedule an appointment with your oral surgeon. At your appointment, we will gently reopen the extraction site so that a new clot can form. This will allow for optimal healing and relieve discomfort.
How do I manage discomfort after my wisdom teeth are removed?
After having your wisdom teeth removed, there are steps you can take to help avoid dry socket and to manage discomfort. You can take over the counter medication like Motrin or Tylenol as needed. In some cases, we may prescribe medication. If we do, take it only as directed.
You can apply cold compresses to the sides of your face to reduce swelling as well. After your procedure, we will send you home with detailed post-operative instructions that will offer helpful tips for managing discomfort and improving your recovery experience.
During treatment and in recovery, our practice strives to promote a comfortable and relaxing experience for all our patients.
To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons or to ask our team questions, call Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery at your convenience.