What are dry sockets?
Dry sockets can develop after wisdom teeth or other adult teeth are taken out. When a dry socket occurs, underlying bones and nerves are exposed in place of where a blood clot should form. Dry sockets can be exceptionally painful and delay healing.
How to avoid dry sockets:
Follow your dentist’s directions following the extraction procedure
- Keep your mouth clean with gentle saltwater rinse every few hours (your dentist may also prescribe an antibacterial rinse)
- Don’t use a straw until the extraction site has healed
- Avoid hard foods
- Brush teeth gently and avoid the extraction site
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Treat swelling by holding an ice pack to your cheek
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
Gently flushing out your empty sockets after getting your wisdom teeth removed is a smart move for a couple of weeks after the procedure. Your dentist may recommend that you use a syringe to cautiously flush out your sockets. However, if you do develop dry sockets, it is even vital to sanitarily flush out the sockets regularly.
How to treat dry sockets:
- Flush out the affected area
- Stop smoking or drinking if necessary
- Follow your dentist’s guidelines
When to go to a dentist or Gibsonton urgent care dental clinic:
Tooth pain should be manageable through the use of pain relievers, however, if pain relievers do not work then it is probably time to see a dentist. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat all patients with dental pain, regardless of the cause.
Note: Some studies show a link between dry socket and oral contraceptives. Ask your dentist if you’re at risk. Other medications may prevent a proper blood clot from forming.
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