If you’re getting a tooth removed – whether it’s because your wisdom teeth are causing you problems or because you’re about to get braces – it’s of the utmost importance that you do your part to prevent dry socket. A dry socket is when the blood clot that forms over the removal site is dislodged, leaving the underlying bone and nerve endings unprotected. In addition to being painful, this condition can delay your healing. So, it’s easy to see why prevention is of the utmost importance! To learn four must-know tips (as well as warning signs to look out for) keep reading.
4 Tips for Avoiding Dry Socket
Although dry socket sometimes is the result of a blood clot never developing, it’s typically the result of something moving it out of place. For this reason, it’s important that you:
• Don’t use a straw for at least a week following your procedure.
• Avoid tobacco use for several days after your treatment.
• Stick to soft foods, like yogurt, applesauce, and oatmeal.
• Implement a solid oral hygiene regimen to keep your mouth clean.
5 Warning Signs to Look Out For
It’s completely normal to feel some discomfort following your tooth extraction procedure. The good news is that using a cold compress, getting plenty of rest, and taking over-the-counter pain medication are a few effective ways you can ease swelling and minimize discomfort. It’s of the utmost importance that you keep an eye out for warning signs of dry socket throughout the healing process, however. With this in mind, contact your dentist if you notice:
• The pain worsening a few days after your appointment
• An empty socket or partially missing blood clot
• A foul odor on your breath
• A visible bone in the socket
• Pain that stems from the socket to the rest of your head
How Your Dentist Can Help
If you experience one or more of the previously mentioned symptoms, then priority number one is to get in touch with your dentist. After all, dry socket is treatable, and a visit to your dentist can alleviate your discomfort almost instantaneously. Depending on your unique situation, they may rinse out the socket, apply medication, and prescribe an effective painkiller. With some rest and the above best practices in mind, you should feel back to normal within a week.
Dry socket is a serious and often painful condition that should be avoided at all costs. Fortunately, you can help prevent it with the above best practices in your arsenal!
About the Practice
West Brookfield Dental is where you can turn for everything from routine cleanings and porcelain veneers to tooth extractions. Our highly trained, dedicated, and compassionate team is here to help make your treatment as smooth and stress-free as possible every step of the way too. If you have a question about recovering from a tooth extraction or you think you may have a dry socket, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team via our website or by phone at (508) 867-2777.