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Is Dry Socket Something I Should Worry About?

March 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 12:41 am
Woman with toothache

Today, tooth extractions are a very safe treatment. However, just like any procedure, having a tooth extracted comes with risks. Even though it is very uncommon, it is important to take steps to prevent dry socket. This is a complication that occurs in approximately 1% of patients. Continue reading to learn more about dry socket, how to prevent it, and what to do if you think you may have it.

What Is Dry Socket?

Dry socket is a very painful complication that can happen after a patient has one of their permanent teeth extracted. It occurs when the blood clot in the surgical site becomes dislodged before the wound has completely healed. This blood clot forms as part of the natural healing process to protect the underlying bone and nerve ending in the empty tooth socket. When the bone and nerves become exposed, it results in extreme pain that radiates in that area and up the side of your face.

How to Prevent Dry Socket

As uncommon as it is, it is very important to take steps to prevent it from occurring. You need to closely follow the aftercare instructions of your dentist. Here are some of the precautions that you should be taking:

  • No Straws: Don’t use a straw to drink beverages. The suction involved could dislodge your blood clot.
  • Don’t Smoke: Smoking can slow the healing process and increase your risk of dry socket.
  • Soft Foods: Stick to a liquid and soft-food diet for the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure so you don’t aggravate the surgical site. After this, you can begin to slowly add solid foods back into your diet as you feel more comfortable.
  • Excellent Oral Hygiene: Germs and infection can break down blood clots. Keep your smile clean using your dentist’s instructions.
  • Ask About Medications: Be sure to let your dentist know which medications you are taking. Some drugs can interfere with the healing process.

Symptoms of Dry Socket

Dry socket can consist of the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain a few days following your extraction
  • Pain that radiates from the socket to the side of your face
  • Bad smell coming from the mouth
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Empty-looking socket

If you think that you may have dry socket, you should give your dentist a call. This way, they can give you further instructions.

A dry socket is a very painful occurrence, but by closely following the aftercare instructions of your dentist, you can prevent it.

About the Author

Dr. Joe Ornelas earned his dental doctorate from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and is committed to continuing education to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. Currently, he is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, and the Northwest Indiana Dental Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Crown Point, visit his website or call (219) 663-2892.

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