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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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About Dr. Sean Breckley

Dr. Sean Breckley
A graduate from the Temple University School of Dentistry and Susquehanna University, Dr. Sean Breckley is an established professional in the field of dentistry. He is a firm believer of contributing to the community and ensuring his patients receive the best possible dental care. Whilst maintaining his professionalism, Dr. Breckley takes time to get to know his patients and make sure they are comfortable and at ease to avoid any unnecessary dental anxiety and stress. He is presently a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program.

About Dr. Lan Vo

Dr. Lan Vo
A graduate from the University of California-Irvine and Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Lan Vo is a highly skilled and resourceful dentist in the field of professional dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program whilst maintaining a certification with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Vo is very people-oriented and is a favorite amongst children and commands a great deal of trust amongst anyone who has had the fortune of being treated by her.
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    I've been seeing Dr. Breckley and Dr. Vo since they opened this practice, and I'm still a huge fan. I recently had some dental work done with them (like this morning). I've never doubted the doctors' abilities, and this experience was no exception. They are experts and are very good at their craft. I want to also mention the support staff, especially the women on the front desk. They are thorough, helpful, and so very nice. I've never experienced the follow-up and follow through at another practice as I have with them at 32 Dental. I always know what my bill will be. There are never any surprises, and that is so comforting in this day of American healthcare. :) I'll continue to refer my friends to them and patron their practice based on my experiences with them! Thanks!
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    My 8 year old son had to have 2 teeth pulled because the babies just didn't want to let go. The whole procedure went amazing! My son was like "Wait we're done already? I didn't feel anything! Wow." I would definitely recommend this practice to anyone who wants both kids and adults to be taken care of at the same location!
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    I'm 55 and have used many dental offices over the years. Without question, both of the 32 Dental locations, have been extremely pleasant and rewarding to my mouth!. The quality of work, expert advice on dental care, friendly as they come... what more can I say. Highly recommended!
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    32 Dental was quick and kind. The office staff was efficient and the dentist was very thorough. He referred me to a specialist due to the type of root canal needed. He was able to find one available for the same day. I will definitely use them in the future.
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