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Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common procedures carried out by dental surgeons. While it is common, it is also not uncommon to have dental complications post this procedure.

With common dental procedures like wisdom tooth extraction becoming affordable people are ignoring the risks and complications that may arise after the surgery. Most people undergo simple and cheap wisdom teeth removal surgeries without considering the risks. This unawareness about post-op care or risks and complications involved even when it comes to a simple and cheap wisdom teeth removal procedure, leads to many people being completely clueless when a complication arises. One of the most common complications that a patient is likely to suffer after wisdom tooth extraction is a dry socket.

Dry socket is a painful dental condition that occurs when the blood clot at the site of the wisdom tooth extraction gets dislodged or dissolves before the wound has healed. The blood clot is extremely important for the healing process as it acts as a protective layer for the underlying bone and nerve endings in the empty tooth socket. But in case of dry socket the protective layer formed by the blood clot does not exist. This exposes the nerves and bone to air, foods, fluids, etc, causing the patient severe pain.

Dry socket is the most common complication after the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. A patient is likely to feel the pain of the dry socket three days after the wisdom tooth extraction. The pain may extend to the side of the face, depending on the nerves exposed.

When the patient starts feeling the first signs of discomfort and pain, it is advised to immediately seek the oral surgeon who conducted the wisdom tooth extraction procedure. While certain degree of pain and discomfort is common after any simple and cheap wisdom teeth removal procedure, the pain caused by a dry socket is severe and intense. If the pain does not disappear after a pain killer prescribed by your dental surgeon, immediately visit the expert.

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