Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental health procedure that is undergone by millions of people each year.
Although in most cases the process is straightforward and without complication, in certain instances the patient may suffer from dry socket.
Dry socket is a condition that arises when newly formed blood clots in the area where the tooth has been extracted do not develop properly or are dislodged, exposing the nerves and bone.
The situation is painful but it can be avoided, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.
For example, AGD spokesperson Dr E. Mac Edington suggests that smokers give up the habit for at least 24 hours after they have had their wisdom teeth removed.
Another piece of advice for women who take oral contraceptives is to have their teeth extracted at some point between days 23 and 28 of their menstrual cycle, according to Edington. This is because high estrogen levels have been linked to dry socket.
Some general tips for avoiding dry socket in the days following wisdom tooth removal include refraining from eating foods that may interfere with the healing process, rinsing with salt water to keep the area bacteria-free and steering clear of using straws.
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