What is Dry Socket

A dry socket is the most common complication following a tooth extraction. Thankfully it is relatively rare.

What is a dry socket? A blood clot will form to protect the hole left as your gum heals when you have a tooth removed. A blood clot fails to form or becomes dislodged, leaves you with an open area and exposed bone in your mouth. The exact reason the blood clot fails to form is unknown. However, it is believed it could be the result of bacterial contamination, food, liquids, and/or smoking can cause it.

Having a dry socket leaves the nerves and bones in your mouth vulnerable, which causes additional pain, therefore, you must seek dental attention right away. Failure to do so can lead to multiple complications, such as an infection.

At Dentique Dental Spa – your Mt Lawley cosmetic dentist, we can safely treat your dry socket.

How do I know if I have a dry socket?

It is most common to experience dry socket if you have had your wisdom teeth removed. In addition, trauma due to problematic tooth extraction is another cause of dry socket. It can also happen during aftercare if you accidentally poke it while brushing your teeth.

If you feel you may have a dry socket, look in a mirror and open your mouth. If you can see a bone where your tooth used to be, chances are you may have a dry socket.

Throbbing pain in your jaw is another sign of dry socket. This pain may stretch from the tooth extraction site up to your neck, to your ear, or your eye. You will usually feel it on the same side as the tooth extraction. Typically you will experience this pain within three days of the extraction. But, the pain can occur at any time.

A couple of other signs of dry socket are bad breath or a lingering bad taste in your mouth.

Your dentist can’t anticipate if you will get a dry socket, but you can take steps to try to prevent it. Contact Dentique Dental Spa-your cosmetic dentist and keep us in the loop to help the healing process.

Preventing Dry Socket

Notifying your cosmetic dentist if you expect you have a dry socket isn’t all you can do. There are several things you can do to help prevent dry sockets after having a tooth extracted.
Take care of the extraction site properly. Failing to follow your dentist’s at-home care instructions can cause a dry socket. Failing to practice good dental hygiene can also cause it.
Taking oral contraceptives can lead to a dry socket. Birth control pills have higher levels of estrogen, which can impact your healing process.

Do not smoke or use tobacco products after having a tooth extracted. The chemicals can slow down your healing. In addition, inhaling can dislodge the blood clot, leaving you with a dry socket.
After an extraction, do not use a straw or any type of sucking as the pressure can dislodge the clot as well.

Contact Your Local Cosmetic Dentist

If you experience any pain or discomfort after a tooth extraction, contact your cosmetic dentist – Dentique Dental Spa right away. You will want to come in as soon as possible so we can see the extraction site. Then, we can determine the exact cause and discuss the next steps for treatment and healing.