Many people in their lifetime face needing their wisdom teeth removed. The main cause of this is because the teeth are impacted, meaning they are growing into other teeth; growing in sideways, or you do not have enough room in the oral cavity. After an examination and x-rays taken by your dentist, they will decide if it is the best decision to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
If an extraction takes place, post-surgery, you may be in extreme pain. Wisdom teeth extractions tend to be more serious than general dental extractions, because the teeth are typically in odd spots in the mouth. Wisdom teeth tend to get stuck under the jawbone, or twisted up around roots and nerves.
If you are experiencing abnormal pain, more than typical post-op discomfort, you may be dealing with a dry socket. Dry sockets are very common following oral surgery and happen to be one of the most painful post extraction issues.
When you have an extraction, a blood clot forms to fill the new hole. A dry socket is a condition where the blood clot detaches itself from the socket walls. Sometimes, the clot will dissolve, leaving the bone exposed to food, drinks and saliva. Once the bone is exposed, it can become inflamed which is when it becomes extremely painful.
If you leave the dry socket alone, it will eventually heal. It will normally take around a month or so, although the pain won’t let up during the healing period. If you have a dry socket, you’ll find that antibiotics and even the strongest of prescription drug won’t always cure it – so ask your doctor what type of medication you can take to ease your discomfort.
If you are dealing with pain, or are going to have an extraction take place, speak with your dentist on all care instructions. They will help you go through everything you will need to do to take the best care of your mouth, post-surgery.