Dry Socket - An Uncomfortable Complication That's Easy to Avoid
Most people would say that a tooth extraction is as unpleasant to think about as it is to go through.
As challenging as it can be to come to grips with the idea of having a tooth removed, the last thing you want to do is complicate the recovery process with a problem like a painful dry socket. The majority of extractions are straightforward procedures, and complications are most often the result of improper post-procedure care.
What is Dry Socket?
After extraction of a tooth, a blood clot forms over the site to protect the tissues, bone, and nerve as it heals. Dry socket occurs when the clot either doesn’t form or it comes loose, leaving the site unprotected.
The most common and noticeable symptom of dry socket is intense pain within days after extraction. Pain may be so severe that it radiates. Other symptoms include bad breath or exposed bone around the site.
Avoiding Dry Socket
Anyone who has had it will tell you that dry socket is an unpleasant experience. You should notify your dentist that you are having a problem and return to the office for further treatment. This usually involves flushing the site then packing it with a medicated dressing. In most cases, you will need to continue this at home for several days.
Dentists aren’t sure of the cause of dry socket, but certain risk factors seem to increase the chance of developing it:
- Improper post-procedure homecare
- Drinking through a straw during healing
- Tobacco use of any kind
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum infections around the extraction site
Please Call Oak Family Dental to Learn More
If you are anticipating dental extraction in Metairie, please call Oak Family Dental. We perform gentle extractions and will provide you with all the necessary guidelines you need to avoid complications like a dry socket.