Avoid Dry Sockets After an Extraction

Avoid Dry Sockets After an Extraction

Tooth extractions are common, and a 2020 study reveals that in patients ranging from 23 to 91 that dental caries (cavities and tooth decay) and periodontal disease are the most common reasons for the procedure. 

Some discomfort is expected in these procedures, but a common complication of extractions is a dry socket. This condition usually starts within three days of your extraction, and it brings intense pain and inflammation. Fortunately, dry sockets after extraction are both preventable and treatable, so let’s look at some ways to deal with this condition.

For people living in the Mamaroneck, New York, or Stamford, Connecticut, area concerned about dry sockets and other complications from dental extraction can get help from Dr. Gennadiy Kravets and the experienced staff at All Bright Dental. We have 15 years of providing individualized care for people of all ages using the latest and greatest technology to give you the best results.

How do you get a dry socket after extraction?

When a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms, which serves as a barrier for the bone and nerve ending in the socket. It helps in creating a foundation for the growth of bone and new tissue over the clot. If the blood clot disintegrates or is otherwise compromised, the bone and nerves in the sockets are exposed leaving them prone to irritation and bacterial infection. 

That can be caused by biting or chewing on the empty socket, using straws, or even blowing your nose. Any preexisting infections can also contribute to dry socket, along with smoking, a history of serious illness, or birth control pills.

What are the symptoms?

You may be dealing with a dry socket after extraction if you are experiencing:

A normal extraction takes a couple of weeks to recover from, so a dry socket is most likely within those first few days (wisdom teeth may take longer). Some pain and discomfort are expected post-extraction, but once healed, there is no chance of a dry socket.

What are the methods of prevention and treatment?

To prevent this condition:

Once the surgery is complete, get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities. Place cold packs on the outside of the affected area, drink plenty of water (avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and hot drinks), and don’t use a straw to reduce risk of dislodging the clot. 

Gentle brushing is allowed but avoid the affected area, and after the first day, be sure to rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day. If you get a dry socket, it can be treated by flushing out any particles, packing the socket with a medicated dressing, and taking the pain medication prescribed by our team.

Dry socket is a common complication, but it is preventable. If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms after an extraction, make an appointment with Dr. Kravets and All Bright Dental today.

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