Wisdom Tooth Extraction and ‘Dry Socket’

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11 Aug Wisdom Tooth Extraction and ‘Dry Socket’

‘Dry socket’ is a painful condition which can occur after the removal of wisdom teeth and the exposed nerves and bone become infected. The first symptom of a dry socket is pain which should be discussed with your dentist as soon as possible. Other signs of a possible dry socket include:

– Bad odour from breath and mouth

– Bad taste in mouth

– Slight swelling or fever

The best way to reduce the pain is to “irrigate it with saline and then dress the wound with medicated gauze” according to an internet article which can be read at

https://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/after-wisdom-tooth-removal-watch-out-for-dry-socket-721946.html.

Dr. Biju Philip

Dr. Philip (GMC No: 6072826) is a medical doctor with more than 20 years experience, of which 13 years has been in the field of Anaesthetics and Critical Care. He has also undergone extensive training in Dental Sedation and Facial Aesthetics, including Botox and dermal filler treatments, which he now practices in our dental surgery in Exning. He also works as an Anaesthetist at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds.