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 Dry Socket 

A blood clot that dislodges or fails to develop before an extraction wound heals can cause dry socket. If you’re having a tooth extracted, be sure to ask your dentist about how to avoid dry socket. And if you develop this condition, don’t hesitate to seek treatment immediately!
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Get Immediate Relief from Dry Socket Pain.

Dry socket, or alveolar osteitis, is a dental problem that can occur after tooth extraction. The socket is the hole in the bone where the extracted tooth was previously located, and normally, a blood clot develops in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath, and promote healing. However, in some cases, the blood clot can become dislodged, leaving the bone and nerves exposed.

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.

AP Dental offers help for those who are suffering from dry sockets. We have treatments available that can help relieve the pain and promote healing. In most cases, dry sockets can be managed with a simple cleaning and dressing procedure. However, if the pain is severe, pain medication might be necessary. The experienced emergency dentists at AP Dental will work with you to ease your pain and help you recover.

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 

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Emergency Dentist

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 

There are a few telltale signs that you may have developed a dry socket. For one, you’ll likely experience excruciating pain a few days after your tooth has been extracted. This pain is caused by nerve endings becoming exposed as the blood clot that normally forms at the extraction site dissipates. You may also notice an empty-looking socket where your tooth was previously located. Additionally, bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth is another common symptom of 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 sockets usually only last for about a week. You may start noticing the pain as early as day three after the extraction, but it should improve within a week. If you’re experiencing persistent pain after having a tooth extracted, be sure to contact your dentist.

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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At AP Dental, we are proud to offer a wide range of dental services to meet the needs of our patients. From professional cleanings and dental fillings to more complex procedures, we are here to help you maintain a brighter, healthier smile. Book your appointment today and see the difference our team can make.