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After your wisdom tooth has been extracted, the socket is filled with a blood clot. Slowly, the clot shrinks and fills in. That is, a skin or a covering with tissue similar to the rest of the mouth (mucous membrane) begins to cover the clot and the tissue in the clot area is ingrown by bone cells and tissue cells. Eventually, the area shrinks and the socket is eliminated and replaced by firm tissue, and the depth of the socket fills with bone. The healed area usually is narrower than the site of the original tooth.
For most of our Milpitas patients, the pain following an extraction usually lasts no more than a day or two, at the most. If the clot breaks down or is washed away, the protective covering of the exposed bone is lost and the bone can be exposed to the mouth bacteria. This painful condition is known as dry socket. One of the features of its presence is that post-extraction pain persists longer than a couple of days and can be quite severe.
Though the causes are not known with certainty, at Shoker Dental Inc. we find that some factors seem to predispose individuals towards a dry socket:
Rinsing the mouth within a few hours of extraction may flush the clot out of the socket. Using a straw may have a similar effect. That is why post-(510) 713-7333erative instructions urge the patient not to smoke, rinse or use a straw for at least a day.
Unfortunately, there is no sure way of guaranteeing that a dry socket won't occur, but there is some evidence that placing a small piece (quarter of a square inch) of gel foam (a clotting agent) covered with tetracycline powder (an antibiotic) in the socket after the extraction can reduce the chance of a dry socket. This will be absorbed over a few days and has not been shown to induce allergies or have any other effect on the patient.
Fortunately, dry socket is a relatively easy condition to treat.
For more information regarding dry sockets, contact Shoker Dental Inc. in Milpitas at (510) 713-7333 today.
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