The Risk of Dry Socket After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dry socket is a complication that can happen after your child has their wisdom teeth removed. While only 2%-5% of people get dry socket, it's a serious risk that can cause your child a lot of pain.
If you're concerned that your child might have dry socket, contact your child's dentist or call Kool Smiles at (855) 854-3621 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.
Causes and Symptoms of Dry Socket
After a wisdom tooth is removed, a blood clot should form where the tooth used to be. The clot forms to protect the gums and jawbone as they heal. Dry socket is caused when that blood clot doesn't form or is removed. Without it, the gums and jawbone are open to potential infections and can delay the healing process.
Your child may be at risk for dry socket if they:
- Have poor mouth and teeth hygiene
- Have trauma during the wisdom tooth surgery
- Rinse and spit a lot
- Drink through a straw right after surgery
If you know your child has done any of these activities after having their wisdom teeth removed, they may be experiencing symptoms of dry socket, which include:
- Extreme pain days after the wisdom tooth removal
- Pain that goes up to the ears and eyes on the same side of the removed tooth
- Bad smell and taste in the mouth
What to Do If Your Child Has Dry Socket
If you think your child may be showing signs of dry socket, it's important to call and schedule an appointment with your child's dentist, or call a Kool Smiles general dentist. Our dentists can confirm whether your kid has dry socket and suggest treatment.
At Kool Smiles, we want to make sure that every kid who comes into our offices gets the dental care they need. We help teach kids good dental hygiene to help prevent infections and complications, like dry socket, regardless of whether their wisdom teeth were removed or not.
If you're concerned about your child's recovery after their wisdom teeth removal, or for any questions about the risk of dry socket, call our office today!