Learn More about the Symptoms and Treatment for Dry Socket
Nobody likes the thought of having a tooth extracted but if it is necessary then modern techniques and anaesthetics can be relied upon to make it a painless experience. Once the tooth is gone then the focus is on avoiding a dry socket after extraction.
Dry socket is a painful complication where a blood clot doesn’t form after extraction or the clot becomes dislodged exposing bone and nerves.
The blood clot serves to protect the underlying tissues, bone and nerves as the extraction site heals. Dry socket is only a temporary complication that resolves easily with the necessary treatment.
The following factors increase the risk of dry socket:
- Chewing tobacco
- Having had dry socket in the past
- Infections in the gum or teeth near the site
- Not following instructions after the tooth extraction
- Oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement therapy
- Poor oral hygiene
- Use of a drinking straw
Notable symptoms of dry socket include:
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Foul smell from the mouth
- Lack of a blood clot at the extraction site
- Pain radiating from the tooth socket to the ear, eye, temple, or neck on the same side
- Severe pain at the site within 3 days of extraction
- Visible bone at the extraction site
Your dentist will most likely diagnose dry socket if you have severe pain after extraction. An x-ray will be required to rule out bone infection and to check if fragments of bone or root remained at the site.
Treatment for Dry Socket
Treatment will basically revolve around pain management. The dentist will begin by flushing the extraction site to get rid of any food debris. The socket will then be packed with medicated dressings before giving a prescription for pain medication. There will be follow-up appointments with the dentist to ensure proper healing of the socket.
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