Learn More About Dry Socket
Many people experience discomfort after having a tooth extracted; while this is normal during recovery, the cause of this pain may be more serious than they realise.
A dry socket is a common complication that may occur after you have a permanent adult tooth removed. When the protective blood clot in the extraction site is damaged or dissolves before the wound heals, the nerves under your gums can be exposed to air and food debris. It can bring severe pain—and, if left unchecked, can lead to further complications.
If you develop symptoms of a dry socket, please call our office right away. At Hills Family Dental Centre, we have experience in providing immediate attention to address dry sockets. The dental team will assess the problem carefully so we can take the course of action to relieve your pain and help you heal as quickly as possible. We care about you—call us today!
Common Causes of
Dental professionals have often considered bacterial contamination of the extraction site might be the main possible cause of the problem. However, some risk factors may increase your chances of developing this condition, including the following:
Cigarette smoking or tobacco use
Cigarettes, tobacco, and similar products contain chemicals that may delay healing. Also, the act of inhaling may damage the blood clot.
Improper home care
It's important to follow your aftercare instructions and keep up with good oral hygiene. Otherwise, failure to do so can put you at risk of developing this condition.
You developed it previously
A dry socket is more likely to happen again if you've had it before.
Gum or tooth infection
Individuals with existing or previous infections in the area may be more susceptible to a dry socket.
When estrogen levels are high, as with some oral contraceptives, it may slow down the healing process and disrupt the proper formation of the blood clot.
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We’ll make efforts to control the infection from spreading and manage the situation efficiently so that you can get back on track to recovery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Dry Socket
Here are the signs you need to look out for developing a dry socket following a tooth removal procedure:
- A visible bone in the socket or where your tooth was located.
- Persistent and excruciating pain after a few days of extraction.
- You may notice a total or partial loss of the blood clot in the area.
- An unpleasant taste or a foul smell from your mouth.
- You might experience pain that radiates from the socket to your ear, eye or temple on the same side of your face as an extraction.
When you have a dry socket, it is important to take extra care of the area. Avoid anything that could make it worse, such as smoking tobacco, spitting or rinsing vigorously, and drinking through a straw. Be extra careful when eating or drinking; it’s best to choose soft foods and avoid carbonated beverages.
If you have questions about what you should or shouldn’t do, ask your dentist. They will be able to give you specific instructions for helping you with a dry socket as soon as possible.
When a dry socket is left unaddressed, oral health problems can arise. It exposes the bone and nerves in your mouth, which leaves you vulnerable to infection. If it spreads, it can slow down your healing and cause more serious complications, such as damage to the gum tissue or bone. That’s why seeing a dentist is important as soon as possible.
Home remedies may help temporarily ease the pain while you wait to see a dentist. For instance, you can rinse your mouth gently with warm saltwater to reduce bacteria and flush out debris from the socket. You can also make natural remedies like clove oil extract, honey, turmeric, and green teas. These methods contain anti-inflammatory, which may ease some discomfort.
Overall, it’s essential to note that seeking professional care is highly advised to ensure the proper healing of your dry socket.