Can I Go To An Urgent Care Dentist For Complications of Dry Sockets?

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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.


Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:


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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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