Karly Sukut-Neppl DDS, FAGD
Dr. Maria Longo
recommend a visit to the dentist to assess the situation and help you get relief from the pain.
A badly infected tooth, before extraction, usually will have antibiotics prescribed prior to the extraction.
Wisdom teeth are molars, and with any molar extractions, especially lowers, there is a chance of developing a postoperative infection. Sometimes, it happens because the patient does not correctly follow the post-op instructions. But sometimes it just happens. It can be called a "dry socket" and usually occurs when, for whatever reason, the blood clot is lost too soon, leaving a naked bony socket that is completely exposed to all the bacteria of the mouth. It often occurs around the second or third day after the surgery, after the patient was starting to
feel really good and recovered. The pain associated with a dry socket can be quite severe, more so than the initial extraction. It requires pain medicine, antibiotics, and a medicinal packing in the socket over a period of 3 to 5 days to resolve the problem.
Lower molar extractions have a higher chance of this happening because the blood supply of the lower jaw is not as robust as that of the upper jaw where there is a terrific blood supply. Consequently, clots on the lower jaw are simply lost easier, and the dry socket infection results. Dry socket infections can occur in the upper jaw, but are pretty rare.