Dry socket is a complication that can occur as a result of tooth extraction. Although, it’s not very likely for dry socket to occur after tooth extraction if it does your dentist and their staff will be able to assist you. Review the information below to find out how to lower your chances of developing dry socket:
So, What’s Dry Socket?
Dry socket develops when a tooth extraction site fails to clot in the correct way. This results in the gums within that area drying out. The drying out of gums can then extend to the jawbone beneath the gums.
Here are some of the common symptoms of dry socket:
- There’s pain at the extraction site
- A lingering bad taste in your mouth
- You can see jawbone when you look at the extraction site instead of healthy gums
What Can I Do to Avoid Dry Socket?
The number one way to avoid dry socket is to practice good oral hygiene. Here are a few extra steps you will want to take to keep the extraction site clean so that it will heal quickly and not turn into dry socket:
- Rest after the procedure in order to promote healing
- Don’t rinse for the first 24 hours after your procedure
- Smoking makes it harder for the area to clot and heal
- You should brush and floss as normal as possible
- Rinse regularly to keep the extractions site free of food
Schedule A Consultation
If you are in need of a tooth extraction and have some concerns about dry socket it would be beneficial if you scheduled a consultation with your dentist. This will allow you to have your questions answered.