After patients have had permanent teeth extracted from the mouth, especially the wisdom teeth, they need to take great care to avoid developing a problem known as “dry socket.” Dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after tooth removal thought luckily, it can be prevented and treated with proper care. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook educates his patients on the concerns with dry socket and ways to reduce the risk.
What is dry socket?
Dr. Steven E. Holbrook describes dry socket as a condition that occurs following tooth removal. It impacts the normal clotting process. Blood clots naturally form in the pockets left behind from the tooth to protect the area. However, pain and intensity that occurs in this area may mean that the clot has been dislodged, leaving the nerves and bone exposed and extremely sensitive.
How do I prevent dry socket?
Some patients may be at a higher risk of developing dry socket, which makes it incredibly important for them to follow their dentist’s recommendations for aftercare. This includes those who have had a history of dry socket, use birth control, or smoke. Patients who take medication that inhibits blood clotting may also have a higher risk of developing this condition, which makes it vital for them to communicate with their dentist regarding their risk.
Once a tooth has been extracted, patients can take certain steps to avoid the development of dry socket. For the next few days following tooth removal, patients should avoid:
- Drinking from straw
- Smoking cigarettes
- Drinking hot beverages
- Eating hot foods
- Eating crunchy foods such as popcorn and chips
- Alcoholic beverages
- Excessive physical activities
How is dry socket treated?
Patients should follow proper oral care practices as recommended by their dentist, which may include pain relieving medications or topical medications to help the area clot correctly. This ensures the best possible healing methods for patients who have had one or more teeth extracted from the smile.
Are you concerned about the symptoms of dry socket?
Educate yourself on the ways in which you can prevent this condition following tooth extraction. Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM today to request an evaluation at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Ste. C. The office can be reached at (505) 881-1159.