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Get Immediate Relief from Dry Socket Pain.
Dry socket is more common in certain situations, such as when the extraction is complicated, or the patient has an infection in the area. The main symptom of dry socket is severe pain that begins a few days after the extraction. While dry socket is relatively rare, it can be extremely painful if it does occur.
Common Causes of Dry Socket
- There are several potential risk factors for developing dry socket, and experts aren’t quite sure why some people are more likely to experience it than others. However, possible causes include trauma to the extraction site, bacterial contamination due to poor oral hygiene, and taking oral contraceptives.
In addition, anything that can dislodge the blood clot can also cause dry sockets, such as drinking through a straw, vigorous swishing, and smoking.
Dental Services that Can Address Dry Socket
Dry socket is considered a dental emergency because it can be extremely painful and interfere with your recovery from a tooth extraction. If you think you may have developed a dry socket, it's important to contact an emergency dentist right away so they can provide immediate relief and help you get back on track with your recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dry Socket
Be cautious when eating or drinking, as it can irritate the socket and cause additional pain. Carbonated beverages, in particular, should be avoided as they can cause the socket to become inflamed. Smoking is also discouraged as it can delay healing and increase the risk of infection. Patients are advised to avoid spitting too hard or using a straw when drinking to prevent dislodging the dressing. By following these simple guidelines, patients can minimise their discomfort and help facilitate a successful recovery.
First, your dentist may flush the socket with a sterile saline solution. It helps remove any debris that may be causing irritation. Next, your dentist may place a medicated dressing in the socket to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Finally, your dentist may prescribe pain medication to help relieve any discomfort.
Dry socket is painful, but it usually doesn’t lead to infection or other serious complications. The main complication is delayed healing, which might require another surgery. Infection in the socket is rare, but if it does happen, it could lead to osteomyelitis (chronic bone infection).
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