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Preventing Dry Socket

Each year, millions of Americans undergo wisdom teeth removal with very little swelling, discomfort or pain. However, a small percentage of the population experience dry sockets. Only 2-5% of tooth extraction patients get dry sockets, but knowing about dry sockets prior to the removal procedure can help a patient prevent getting them.

A socket is a hole in the bone where the tooth was removed. Dry sockets occur when the blood clot that formed to protect the bone and nerves becomes dislodged, thus, exposing them to air, food, etc. Food, saliva and bacteria can become lodged in the clots place, causing pain and discomfort. The dislodging of this blood clot delays the healing process since blood clots are crucial to healing. Lower teeth that have been removed are more likely to develop dry sockets than extracted, upper teeth. Though dry sockets can be incredibly painful to endure, they can be easily prevented.

How to Prevent Dry Sockets:

  • Practicing good oral hygiene

  • Using the medicated oral rinse as instructed

  • Rinsing your mouth with salt water after eating, to remove excess bacteria

  • Avoiding touching the wound at all costs, other than changing gauze after the procedure

  • Stop smoking for at least 24 hours after the tooth removal

  • Not eating anything that leaves residual food particles in your mouth, such as popcorn, peanuts and pasta for four days after the procedure

  • Eating soft foods, such as clear soup, mashed potatoes and pudding

  • Avoiding carbonated drinks

  • Telling us about any and all prescriptions you are taking before the procedure

For more information about what to expect after a tooth extraction or other procedure please give us a call today!

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