Dry socket is an unusual condition that occurs in only 2-5% of patients who get a tooth extraction. It can be pretty uncomfortable, but with the right care, full recuperation is easily doable. Here are some common FAQs about dry socket:
What is dry socket?
A socket is the hole created when a tooth is extracted. To heal, a blood clot will cover the socket. When the clot is dislodged or dissolves, the bone and nerves underneath are left exposed, placing the mouth at risk for infection and severe pain.
I’m having a tooth extraction. How do I lower my chances of dry socket? Here are some things you can do:
- Stay away from tobacco at least 48 hours before the surgery, or quit entirely.
- If you take birth control pills, ask to schedule the extraction on a day when your estrogen is low.
- Check with your doctor to see if certain medications you are taking may interfere with blood clotting.
- After you’re the procedure, avoid drinking through a straw, rinsing your mouth excessively, or spitting a lot.
I think I already have dry socket. What should I do?
If you already have dry socket, our expert team can help. Call us immediately for an emergency appointment. Our team will wash the socket of any harmful debris and seal the breach with a special paste or dressing. You may need to return to the office for periodic treatments until the socket heals. We may also prescribe antibiotics to ward off infection or give you a special mouth rinse to use.
Do you have any other questions? Just call Smiley Dental & Orthodontics in Dallas, Texas at 866.284.8706. We’d love to hear from you.