Impacted wisdom teeth often require extensive cuts in gum tissues for removal. Stitches are then used to close the resulting empty tooth socket. But remember, the use of stitches does not mean no dry socket. Proper post-extraction mouth care is crucial to prevent this painful complication.

Is It Possible To Get A Dry Socket With Stitches?

Unfortunately, yes. You can still develop a dry socket with stitches. Let’s find out why.

Using stitches after tooth extraction does not guarantee the prevention of dry sockets, as this condition is caused by biological processes rather than mechanical factors.

Dry sockets may form if the stitches fall out too early, go loose, or snag accidentally, leading to inadequate healing of the wound. While stitches protect the area, they do not eliminate the risk of developing a dry socket.

How Common Is Dry Socket With Stitches?

A dry socket is a painful condition that originates after tooth extraction and is not solely prevented by the presence of stitches. They do not guarantee 100% prevention.

Routine extractions have lower rates, ranging from 0.5% to 5%, than surgical ones, which range between 1% and 37.5%.

On the other hand, lower tooth extractions are more prone to dry sockets (73% vs. 27% for upper teeth). The symptoms can appear within 24-96 hours after extraction and can last up to 7 days. The treatment plan usually involves flushing the socket, applying medicated gauze, and managing pain with appropriate medication.

When Can You Stop Worrying About A Dry Socket?

You can stop worrying about developing a dry socket with stitches after 5 to 7 days pass post-tooth extraction, and no symptoms exist. Typically, a dry socket gives visible signs within 3-5 days, with symptoms like intense pain indicating its presence.

The risk of developing a dry socket majorly reduces after 5 days pass, and if you have no signs by day 5, you are less likely to suffer from it.

Signs and Symptoms

In a nutshell, the most obvious sign of a dry socket is sharp, stabbing pain that feels unbearable. It is so bad that it actually hurts worse than the pain you have with an infected tooth.

Some other signs include:

  • Debilitating pain that feels more intense than before the tooth extraction.
  • Absence of blood clot covering the tooth extraction site.
  • Redness or swollen gum tissues around the opening
  • Halitosis or the presence of bad breath due to trapped food.
  • White material inside the socket with patches of red (blood)
  • Pain shooting up to the ear, eye, forehead, or neck on the same side of the face.
  • Visible bone in the socket.
  • The pain worsened in the days following extraction.
  • Empty-looking socket where the tooth was removed.

Closing Note

If you want more information about this or have questions about the teeth extraction services we offer, make that appointment as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to contact our expert, Dr. Jeevan Ghatnekar, an ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry member at Irvine Family & Implant Dentistry, for all your dental needs. Our experienced staff can help you at every step of the way. To book a consultation, just give us a call at (949) 552-1380.

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