If you have had your wisdom teeth removed, perhaps you are familiar with the term, dry socket. If you have never heard of it before, then keep on reading!
Dry socket is an infection that is caused when a nerve and related tissue are left exposed after a tooth is pulled. Leaving such sensitive materials open for bacteria to penetrate is never a good idea, but the chances of dry socket is increased in those who smoke, have poor oral hygiene, and are prone to dry socket.
Only a small percentage of people get dry socket- roughly 2%- 5% of people, in fact. For those who do suffer from this condition, it can be very uncomfortable.
Dry socket is easily treatable, however, through the use of anti-inflammatories such as aspirin to lower the amount of discomfort felt. If that doesn’t work, your doctor can prescribe other medication to get rid of the infection.
In order to prevent dry socket, it is important to keep your oral hygiene optimal after having a tooth extracted. Always listen to your dentist’s care plan instructions after a procedure.