What is dry socket? If your child’s wisdom teeth have been removed, they may suffer from dry socket. Dry socket symptoms often occur after oral surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal. Dry socket feels like painful nerve exposure and can lead to mouth odor.
If your child has dry sockets, visit a dentist immediately. Call Kool Smiles right away to schedule an appointment — we can check to make sure there is no infection present and help relieve the pain.
Keep reading to learn more about dry sockets and what you can do to help avoid them.
Dry Socket with Wisdom Teeth: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention
When wisdom teeth are pulled, the hole in the gum that is left behind is referred to as a socket. The body naturally forms a blood clot on the bottom of the socket to protect the nerves and underlying bone. But if the blood clot fails to form or becomes loose, it can lead to dry socket.
Removing wisdom teeth often requires cutting below the gum line, and the large hole deep in the bone can lead to dry socket.
If you think your child may have wisdom tooth dry socket — especially if he or she just had wisdom teeth removed — you should contact your child’s dentist right away. Common wisdom tooth dry socket symptoms include:
Pain – Pain is common with dry socket. If the bone and nerves are exposed, there is little protection. The pain from dry socket normally begins two days after the tooth is removed. The pain starts in the gums or jaw and often moves to the ear.
Mouth odor – Dry socket causes unpleasant smelling breath, and can cause a foul taste in the mouth.
Eating hard, chewy, hot or spicy foods after a wisdom tooth extraction might cause dry socket because the foods can get stuck in the socket or irritate the wound. Some other factors that can cause dry socket include:
Spitting or sucking through a straw too hard
Hormonal changes due to menstrual cycle or certain medications
When your child has wisdom teeth removed at Kool Smiles, we take extra care to be sure the socket is carefully cleaned. We encourage all our patients not to smoke, particularly after a wisdom tooth removal.
If your child starts to develop symptoms of dry socket after having their wisdom teeth extracted, call Kool Smiles right away for treatment. We can check to make sure there is no infection present and, if necessary, repack the socket to help relieve the pain.