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Best Ways to Avoid Dry Sockets After Tooth Extraction

Dec 14

One of the most crucial questions you should ask after having a tooth pulled by a Dentist in North Palm Beach, FL, is "how can I avoid a dry socket." 


Of course, you should follow your dentist's recommendations after having a tooth extracted since the pain of a dry socket can be unbearable. But, what are other ways to prevent getting dry sockets?


You can employ several home remedies in addition to the standard pharmaceutical treatment to avoid dry sockets. Some of these steps are as basic as drinking all liquids through straws, refraining from smoking, and eating only soft foods. 


Others include:


  • Using antibacterial mouthwashes to maintain adequate dental hygiene.
  • Applying antiseptic techniques to the wound.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids to speed the process of recuperation without difficulties.


In this article, we will go through all the necessary information to address your concerns about dry socket and other related topics. Let’s get started! 


What is a dry socket?


When the blood clot at the tooth extraction site dissolves or becomes dislodged, it leads to dry socket also called alveolar osteitis. Without this clot, the temperate region below is left unprotected. This leaves the socket open to more damage and infection. In addition, the nerves and bone tissue near the extraction site are safeguarded by this blood clot. Is it common, though?


Well, fortunately, only a tiny percentage of persons who have teeth pulled experience issues like alveolar osteitis. This is because the issue affects more teeth in the lower jaw than those in the upper jaw. Additionally, after molar extractions, the signs of dry sockets are more frequent, mainly if the oral surgeon works with a wisdom tooth.


Most dentists believe that you are most likely to experience dry sockets in the first seven days after tooth extraction. While more research is required, most dental professionals concur that less than 1%–5% of persons experience dry sockets after tooth extraction.


What is the leading cause of dry sockets?


When the blood clot protecting the bone and nerves below is dislodged or dissolves too quickly after an extraction, it leads to a dry socket. It's unclear what causes this in some cases, while others don't experience any issues. 


Most people who get dry sockets are women of childbearing age (18-45 years). This may be because these individuals have more complicated extractions than other groups. Also, smokers are at a higher risk of developing dry sockets than non-smokers.


How will I know if I have a dry socket?


Dry socket pain usually starts about 2–3 days after having a tooth extracted. The discomfort intensifies when you lie down or try to sleep. It is essential to seek dental help if this occurs since the pain can become unbearable, making it difficult to carry out your daily activities.


In addition to severe pain, other signs of dry socket include:


  1. Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
  2. Partial loss of the blood clot from the extraction site, exposing the bone beneath; and/or,
  3. Inflammation and redness around the extraction site


If you experience any of these symptoms, please call our office so we can evaluate and treat you as soon as possible.


How is dry socket treated?


The primary goal of treatment is to ease your discomfort while the area heals. Your dentist will likely rinse the socket and pack it with medicated gauze to promote healing and relieve pain. The dressing needs replacement every few days. In some cases, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.


Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin can also help with the pain. However, avoid using tobacco products, which can irritate the extraction site and delay healing. It's also essential to maintain good oral hygiene during this time by brushing and flossing carefully around the area.


Seaglass Dental Care is committed to providing you with the best possible oral care. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.