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Avoiding “Dry Socket” After Dental Surgery

One of the biggest dangers after having wisdom teeth removed is developing a condition known as “dry socket”. This occurs when the blood clot that forms to help heal the wound is displaced thus exposing the underlying bone and nerves to bacteria and infection.

To avoid dry socket:

– Do not drink warm or carbonated beverages

– Do not use drinking straws

– Do not touch or prod the affected tooth socket

Your dentist will also offer guidance as “patients should receive information about how to prevent dry socket” and you can find out more at

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.