Oral Surgery/Dry Socket Risk
Yesterday, I had my upper left wisdom tooth and the molar immediately in front of it removed.
Since then, I have been very gentle. The only things I've eaten are grits and milk (and that was just now... 26 hours after the procedure), I'm afraid to drink, and I'm even afraid to swallow my saliva for fear that the suction resulting will dislodge the clots and send me on what I assume to be an agonizing journey toward healing.
I was told to use the gauze until the bleeding stopped... there's no blood, but I'm still using the gauze in hopes that it will help to sort of absorb some of the saliva and diffuse the suction force when I do have to swallow.
Realistically, how long do I have to live in fear that the clots will become dislodged? The tech at the dentist's office told me that it could be months before it was fully healed, but I thought the dentist said something about it closing up within two or three days.
Brian - predicting what causes post-extraction problems, if the surgery was done correctly can be difficult. The best way to prevent a difficulty is to begin rinsing with warm salt water 48 hours after the extraction, 3-4 times per day for 10 seconds. In addition, eating a soft diet is a good idea, as long as a gentle rinsing follows. Keep every object off of the socket after the bleeding stops.
So if you wish the area to heal correctly, don't use the gauze, it can cause a clot problem. Eat soft food and rinse gently with warm salt water after eating. The tech is wrong. A complete healing can take a few weeks, but do not over treat or irritate the area. Leave the area alone and it will heal well. The tech knows nothing if she made that statement.