Having a dry socket, is always possible after getting any kind of tooth extraction. The dry socket usually happens within the first couple days and becomes noticeable by the patient. For those that have experienced a Dry Socket after having an Wisdom Tooth extracted - it is usually an experience that one does not forget. 

Wisdom teeth are removed or extracted from the mouth for many reasons - this is sometimes for preventive measures, from dental pain, to correct current dental problems that can cause gum / gingival inflammation. Sometimes wisdom teeth are not growing in the right way or impacted in such a way, that dentists may recommend to extract it.

Why getting a dry socket usually is more common with wisdom teeth?  The wisdom tooth or third molars are usually larger teeth, and when extracted, can leave a large void in the mouth.  It is also, in the back of the mouth.  These factors can contribute to getting a dry socket in the wisdom tooth.  Now dentists and oral surgeons, have various ways of helping avoid this by packing in and suturing up the area of the extraction.  Of course, the patient plays a big part in this - if the patient dislodges the clot being formed and does not follow post-op instructions, this can be a big factor of getting a dry socket.

If the dentist sees or does a dental exam of the mouth and notices that the wisdom tooth is impacted that is causing pain or it might be problematic in the future, then will most likely recommend for the Wisdom Tooth or Wisdom Teeth to be extracted.  Sometimes orthdontist(s) recommend for teens to have their wisdom teeth extracted before getting braces.  

How do dentists, orthodontists or oral surgeons know what to do with wisdom teeth?  One of the key tools dentists use for examining the wisdom teeth is to take a variety type of dental xrays.  Their are a variety of dental xray machines that allow the dentists to fully examine and view the wisdom teeth underneath the gums.

Even wisdom teeth that have grown in properly are subject to issues such as an infection from Food bacteria trapped between the tooth and jaw where it is tough to brush. If infections become frequent, it is a good idea to have the tooth removed as it can cause medical danger. If the wisdom tooth interferes with the tongue, it will need to be removed as the pain will numb the tongue. Also, anyone who has been orthodontically treated is recommended to have the teeth removed as the addition could disrupt the alignment.

Wisdom teeth should only be removed by experienced dental professionals. A panoramic x-ray is the best technology the industry currently has for viewing wisdom teeth and diagnosing problems.

There are several problems which can occur after the removal of wisdom teeth. Some are natural and cannot be avoided, and others the patient has control over. The patient should follow all instructions given by the surgeon diligently. Failure to do so could result in problems ranging from a dry socket to a life-threatening infection.

Dry sockets are caused by a blood clot falling out or failing to form. The dentist / oral surgeon will give advice as to how to avoid these.  Following the post-op instructions provided is good, as there are certain things that should not be done after teeth extaction(s). Painful swelling sometimes does occur and maybe a sign that the body is healing naturally.  Anything unusual or substantial should contact dentist office. However, any little swelling should begin to reduce after it peaks. If this does not occur, the surgeon or dentist needs to be contacted. With dental problem(s) involving pain or swelling, the dentist or dental office should be contacted as soon as can.  Some dental extractions are more complicated than usual and need more work.  Speaking with your dentist about what to expect is a good idea before and after getting extraction(s).