The Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Sockets

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Today’s Plantation oral surgery procedures are done with the utmost care, and in the vast majority of cases, treatment is completed comfortably and successfully. Routine tooth extraction can help relieve pain and prevent infection, but it can also leave the patient with a dry socket.

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FAQs About Dry Sockets

Is It Possible That I Have a Dry Socket?

You don't want to start your day by waking up in excruciating pain. Dry socket symptoms can be painful, so recognizing them early on can help you avoid discomfort and get back to feeling like yourself as quickly as possible. A blood clot will form over the bone and nerves after successful tooth extraction. When a blood clot dissolves or becomes dislodged, the sensitive components are no longer protected. Everything from food particles to the air you breathe can agitate the area, causing it to become infected and painful.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

Although the symptoms of dry socket can be unpleasant, there are treatment options available. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can help relieve pain, but you should consult your doctor about a prescription pain reliever. Your dentist can also clean out the infected socket and inject medication into it to speed up the healing process.

Is There Anyway I Can Avoid It?

Dry socket is more common in people who smoke or use tobacco products, and poor oral hygiene only makes matters worse. It can happen after any type of tooth extraction, but it's more likely to happen after wisdom teeth are removed. Those who have had dry sockets in the past are more likely to get them again.  

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