What is a dry socket?

By February 28, 2020 No Comments

When a tooth is extracted, the resultant socket is filled with a blood clot that mature over time and close the socket. However, if the lot fails to develop, or it dislodges or dissolves before the wound has healed a dry socket occur.

This is a painful dental condition and can be traumatic to the patient with throbbing sever discomfort. 

What steps should I take to avoid dry socket

To help prevent dry socket, please follow our recommended post-operative guidelines.

These may include, but are not limited to, the following suggestions:

– Avoid smoking before or after the surgery, as tobacco may contaminate the wound site.

– Following the surgery, refrain from spitting or using a straw, as the sucking action could dislodge the blood clot. In addition, refrain from touching the wound and not to disturb the newly formed clot

– While you should maintain your oral hygiene regimen, be careful when brushing in the area. Use gentle brushing on any teeth located near the wound.

– Use a warm saltwater rinse to keep the area clean, but don’t rinse your mouth too vigorously and give it at lease 24 hours before start rinsing

How to treat Dry Socket?

If you have a dry socket, we recommend that you arrange an emergency dentist visit. 

The infected area will then be cleaned to remove any debris using a special disinfectant. Then, a sedative medicated dressing is applied to protect the area and decrease pain.

Occasionally, antibiotic and a painkiller maybe needed to prevent infection to ease discomfort.

With proper care and rest, the dry socket should heal in seven to 10 days.

We recommend a follow up appointment to monitor healing and to see how you are doing.

In order to reduce the risk of dry socket, we also recommend the use of PRF (platelet rich fibrinto heal with clot formation and socket seal.  PRF will provide an injection of white blood cells and growth factors for accelerated healing. In addition, the PRF membrane provides a protective cover to the extraction socket or the wound area. 

PRF may also be mixed with bone graft for socket preservation procedure. This would help creating more bone in the socket for future dental implant.

We’re Here For You

Our job is to make the healing process easy and comfortable for you. Call us or set up an appointment if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to discuss your options! London Smile Care is here for YOU.

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