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The risk of dry socket after having teeth extracted is minimal for Marietta patients

Having teeth extracted can be unsettling. Our team maintains a clear focus on patient comfort before, during, and after a procedure such as this. We listen carefully to your concerns and answer questions. We see that you understand, in as much detail as you’d like, about extraction and the healing process in order to avoid complications, such as dry socket.

The potential for complications in healing, including dry socket, causes some people anxiety. Yet this condition only occurs in one to three percent of all simple extractions. The removal of lower, impacted wisdom teeth carries a slightly higher risk of dry socket development.

What is a dry socket?


Teeth are situated within hollows in the jaw bone. When a tooth is removed, this socket is left empty. A blood clot forms for protection during healing. A dry socket occurs when this clot is lost, and the underlying bone in the socket is exposed.

Why dry socket develops


The formation of blood clots in the sockets after teeth are extracted is vital to the healing process. In our Marietta area dental office, we inform patients of steps to take after extraction to promote healing. If the blood clot is destroyed or lost too soon, normal healing is inhibited. The clot may disrupted too early for a number of reasons – the body's reaction to inflammation or infection, bacteria, trauma, and even estrogen. We do what everything we can to help patients minimize risk of dry socket.

Symptoms of dry socket


Signs of dry socket may be noticed about three or four days after an extraction. Moderate to severe discomfort will develop in the instance of dry socket, and can last for a few days to more than a month. The bone exposed at the bottom of a dry socket is extremely sensitive. Its exposure results in an intense, dull, throbbing ache that may radiate around the jaw and even to the ear. A bad odor or unpleasant taste in the mouth may also develop.

Our team of dental professionals has extensive training and a great deal of collective experience in all areas of dentistry. You are in good hands at Thirty-Two Dental whether you need a simple check-up or wisdom tooth extraction.

Contact us today for an appointment.

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    Dr. Vo and Dr. Breckly are absolutely fantastic! Never worry about another painful trip to the dentist if you are going to see them. They make sure you are never in any pain throughout the entire procedure. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Vo did a fabulous job, as always. I had four impacted wisdom teeth and they were out before I knew it. I was up and eating solid food the very same day, and could have been back at work if I needed to. My stitches fell out within a few days and everything healed up much faster than any of my friends who saw other doctors. I stayed awake for the procedure, and I would say that it definitely is much better than being put to sleep. It has a faster heal time and less discomfort. My face honestly didn't even swell. I've gone to Dr. Vo and Breckly for minor things before and they have always been amazing, but after my great experience with something more major, I know they are by far the two of the best dentists, I have ever seen.
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    My family and I love Dr. Vo. I would suggest this practice to anyone who wants a dentist and staff that truly care about your health and will go above and beyond the typical dentist. I followed Dr. Vo from a previous office, and although this office is farther away, it is worth it because of how caring the staff is.
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    Dr. Vo is fantastic. She is patient, knowledgeable, and excellent at her job, and most importantly, she takes time to answer your questions and explain any concerns she has about your teeth, so you really know what\'s going on. It inspires me to take better care of my teeth. By far, she is the best dentist I have been been to, and I highly recommend her. No more of those dime-a-dozen dentists for me!
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