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Having your wisdom teeth removed by a professional oral surgeon is truly vital when it comes to the results of your surgery. The recovery process is definitely going to be a little discomforting but there are many ways that you can speed up the healing of your jaw, mouth and gums.

However, if it isn’t looked after properly, it could cause more serious conditions that can inflict severe pain that lasts for days on end. If this happens, it could be a sign that you are experiencing a complication called ‘dry socket’, also medically known as alveolar osteitis.

After a tooth has been removed, the hole in the bone is known as a socket. Dry socket happens when the blood clot fails to form or has dissolved, preventing it from protecting the bone from food, fluid and anything else that could cause bacteria or wounds that leads to an infection. The most common location of dry socket is the ‘hole’ that is left after the extraction of wisdom teeth.

So, if you are planning to get your wisdom teeth removed or you have just got it extracted, it is extremely important that you understand the causes of dry socket.

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Surgical trauma during any tooth-removal
  • Wisdom tooth removal
  • Oral contraceptives


  • Smoking is a major factor in causing dry socket and it is highly recommended that you DO NOT smoke after your wisdom teeth removal procedure.
  • Also, try to avoid eating anything with chunks of vegetable and meat because it might get lodged in the sockets, and never touch a drop of alcoholic beverage.
  • Do not brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, spit or use any mouthwash during the first 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water according to our surgeons’ reccommendation.
  • Do not drink through straws. It will create pressure that might pull off the blood clot.
  • For women who are on contraceptive pills, schedule your wisdom teeth removal surgery during the 23 -28 days of your cycle, when your estrogen levels are lower.

If you aren’t sure when you should schedule your procedure, come visit us at our wisdom teeth removal clinic in Melbourne and our skilled surgeons will help you with planning your extraction!

 If you are looking for an experienced oral surgeon in Melbourne to help you with your wisdom teeth removal, take a trip down to our clinic and get your teeth examined by Dr. Pinho and our team of highly qualified dental surgeons. Book your next appointment today by calling 1 800 WISDOM or book online at

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