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Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure, with some 10 million Americans having their wisdom teeth removed each year. The risks are minimal, and your dentist or oral surgeon will give you thorough instructions about caring for yourself afterward so you can avoid complications. One of these potential complications is a dry socket at the site of extraction. But what exactly is dry socket, and what should you do if it affects you after wisdom teeth removal surgery?
Forming a Scab
When your skin is breached, the platelets in your blood react to the external air and combine with a protein known as fibrinogen, which is also present in your blood. These two components of your blood begin to form a very fine mesh, which then dries, sealing the breach. This is just a fancy way of explaining how scabs form. The same process happens in your mouth after your wisdom teeth are removed.
In Your Mouth
Obviously, the conditions in your mouth are different from your skin. There's far more moisture, for starters, but this does not prevent a clot from forming. This clot is an essential part of the healing process, and it needs to stay in the socket to protect it and prevent it from drying out, which can be uncomfortable and can delay the healing process.
The Protective Clot
Without the protective clot, the underlying tissue at the site of your wisdom teeth extraction can easily become irritated. Tiny pieces of food can also become lodged in the socket, creating further discomfort. It's important to do everything you can to avoid dry socket after your wisdom teeth are removed. So how can you do this?
Protecting the Clot
It's all about preventing the clot from dislodging. Avoid strenuous activity after your surgery, and get plenty of rest. You should take a great deal of care when cleaning your teeth in the days after wisdom teeth removal surgery, as even your toothbrush can dislodge a newly-formed clot. Your dentist or oral surgeon will tell you when it's safe, but you should avoid cleaning the site for a day or two after your surgery. You should also consume soft foods, taking care not to chew with the affected part of your jaw. It's important to prevent unnecessary suction in your mouth, so don't drink anything with a straw, and you should certainly not smoke while recovering.
If you are be concerned about the post-surgery clot from your wisdom teeth removal, please contact your dentist or oral surgeon. But by doing everything you can to keep the clot intact, you should recover from the procedure without any problems.