Before orthodontic treatment, it may be required that you have wisdom teeth removed or other extractions. After any tooth is pulled, but especially after wisdom teeth are removed, there is the risk of a condition known as a “dry socket.” This condition can be very painful, and while dry sockets can be treated, we recommend you do all you can to prevent them from occurring at all!

What is a Dry Socket?

A dry socket will begin once an adult tooth has been removed and the bone or nerve in the empty socket is suddenly exposed. During proper healing, a clot will form to protect the empty socket. If something happens to displace this clot, the area can become prone to infection, causing a dry socket.

A certain amount of pain is expected after having teeth removed, especially wisdom teeth. But if the pain worsens, becomes unbearable, or begins to radiate towards the ear, it’s important to contact your dentist or oral surgeon immediately.

Risk Factors

There are a few things that can put you at a higher risk of developing dry socket. Below are a few risk factors associated with dry sockets:

  • Smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco
  • Have a history of dry sockets in the past
  • Take blood-thinning medication
  • Use hormonal birth control
  • Have a history of poor oral hygiene

When you have a tooth extracted, please make sure to take any antibiotics or follow any instructions given to you by your dentist or oral surgeon. If you have any concerns or believe you may be suffering from a dry socket, please contact them immediately.

To make an appointment for an orthodontic consultation, don’t hesitate to contact Garlock Orthodontics located here in Aurora, Colorado.