Avoiding Dry Socket After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Dentists often recommend wisdom tooth removal when the back teeth are severely impacted. The procedure is usually safe, but there can be a risk of developing dry socket. This basically refers to a situation where the blood clot that forms over the extracted wisdom tooth gets dislodged, causing pain and bleeding. The clot helps to encourage healing of the nerves and blood vessels while protecting the underlying bone from contact with food particles, saliva and bacteria.