Dry Sockets Explained

After wisdom teeth removal , one possible complication is dry socket. This painful condition requires immediate attention from your oral surgeon serving San Diego. To learn more about what dry sockets are, watch this video.

A dry socket can form after wisdom tooth removal in the area where the tooth was located. Normally, a blood clot forms in the area of the extraction, which protects the bone and tissue. When the clot doesn’€™t form, or if it is dislodged, then a dry socket can develop. Dry sockets leave the nerves in the area of your oral surgery exposed and can cause infection. To avoid a dry socket, follow your post-surgery instructions carefully and never smoke or use a straw while you are recovering from a tooth extraction.