What You Need to Know About Dry Sockets

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
What You Need to Know About Dry SocketsAfter tooth extraction, the patient may experience severe pain around and within the extracted site, which is a sign of developing a dry socket. Moreover, this condition requires immediate attention to prevent bone infections or rapture of the tissue roots.

What is a Dry Socket?

Dry Socket, also known as Dental Alveolitis, is a condition that involves the rapture and detachment of the blood clot within the extracted site of tooth removal. If the chunk is detached, it exposes the wound to any infection that causes problems to the tooth.

Furthermore, this clot plays a crucial role in the progressive healing and recovery of the patient as it acts as a protection layer to the bone and tissues and helps create new tissues. Dry Socket is painful and occurs between twenty-four and seventy-two hours after tooth extraction, though it is manageable if treated early and adequately.

How to Identify a Dry Socket

A dry Socket is easily identified by a feeling of pain within the tooth extraction site. Also, patients may experience an unpleasant taste of foods and develop bad breaths, thus signaling the occurrence of a dry socket.

Treatment for Dry Socket

Patients can only receive the best treatments by visiting their recommended dentists to diagnose the problem and adequately allow for better treatment. During treatment, cleaning the extraction site and having the dry Socket is done by rinsing with sterile dental serums or saline solutions to eliminate any residue or substance.

However, in other cases, the dentist will request a re-surgery to allow the formation of a new blood clot. Also, the specialist prescribes pain reliever medication in situations where the pain is severe. Such drugs include intra-alveolar medications or pain killers. If a patient experiences a dry socket, they should seek dental attention immediately to prevent further infections and severe pain.

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