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A dry socket is a condition that may occur after an extraction if the blood clot that usually fills the socket is lost. You likely have a dry socket if you notice a dry-looking opening where the tooth was pulled and experience pain that becomes more severe over time and radiates to your ear.

Dry sockets are a common issue after wisdom tooth removal. The good news, however, is that they can be prevented. Here at Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend a number of tips to help patients avoid dry sockets after they’ve had their wisdom teeth removed. These tips include:

Eating Soft Foods

After a wisdom tooth removal, you probably won’t feel like eating. However, it’s important to eat in order to get the nutrients you need. When you do eat, be sure to stick to soft foods and avoid drinking with straws as doing so could dislodge the blood clot.

Avoid Tobacco

One of the most common causes of dry sockets is tobacco. Smoking can bring bacteria into the site while chewing tobacco can disturb the healing clot, making it essential to refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco for a minimum of 48 hours after surgery.


Avoid exercising or playing intense sports after your wisdom tooth removal. You should focus on resting and take pain relievers so that you can feel better. Note that many people want to know if they can drive home after their wisdom teeth removed. We strongly suggest having a loved one drive you home. We don’t live in a world of self driving cars, yet, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Contact Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have further questions related to dry sockets and wisdom teeth removal, we encourage you to contact us today.