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Dry sockets are a common complication after having a tooth extracted.

Some people can be more prone to dry sockets than others but fortunately, there are steps to prevent them and can be treated easily.

What is a dry socket?

Usually, after you have a tooth removed, your body will form a blood clot over the site where your tooth once was. This blood clot is completely normal and part of the necessary healing process. When the blood clot is disrupted, dislodged, or does not form, the result is a dry socket. This can be very painful and can also affect your healing time.

Preventing Dry Sockets

Your dentist will go over steps to prevent dry socket with you after your extraction. Here are 4 to get you started:

  • Avoid using straws (or sucking motion that could dislodge the blood clot)
  • Stick to soft foods during the healing process
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes or tobacco
  • Leave the extraction sight alone (do not poke or prod)

Symptoms of dry socket

Unfortunately, some people are more prone to dry sockets then others and even with taking care it can still happen.

Signs of dry socket include:

  • Intense pain a few days after surgery
  • Pain that radiates from the socket into the rest of your face and head
  • Bad breath or foul odour in your mouth
  • Visible bone in the socket

Treatment of dry socket

If you do happen to experience any of these symptoms do not hesitate to get a hold of your dentist. After a short visit, your dentist can rinse the affected area and apply a medication that can give you almost instant relief as well as prescribing some pain relief or antibiotics if needed.