Common Signs and Symptoms of a Dry Socket
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ABOUT a Dry Socket
Pain in your mouth and the sides of your cheeks following a tooth extraction is common. But the discomfort that worsens after two to three days can be a symptom of a dry socket. This can be accompanied by the following:
- Severe pain.
The pain can radiate across the neck, jaw, temple, ears, or eyes.
- Partial or total loss of a blood clot in the tooth socket.
You may notice that the extraction area is empty.
- White appearance in the extraction site.
The white speck in your tooth socket may be the exposed bone due to dislodged blood clot.
- Bad breath.
A dry socket can cause an unpleasant smell and taste in the mouth.
Taking steps to manage a dry socket at home can be a major part of your treatment plan. You can do self-care such as follows to help promote healing:
- Take pain medication that your dentist prescribes.
It’s important to follow the prescription to achieve optimal results from medication.
- Avoid smoking cigarettes or any tobacco products.
Chemicals in cigarettes and tobacco can delay the healing and even worsen the dry socket.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking enough water.
Studies showed that keeping the body hydrated can help with healing wounds.
- Warm salt water.
The salt has natural ingredients of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. So swishing warm salt water in your mouth can help reduce harmful bacteria and infection.
Possible risk factors for developing a dry socket may include the following:
- Poor oral hygiene.
Negligence to brush your teeth or keep your mouth clean can cause bacterial contamination at the extraction site.
- Applied pressure to the extraction area.
Putting excessive pressure on the tooth socket can dislodge or dissolve the blood clot. It can result from vigorous brushing, swishing, and drinking from a straw.
The chemicals in cigarettes and tobacco, such as nicotine and tar, can delay the healing of a tooth socket. Also, the suction of inhaling the smoke can put pressure on the forming blood clot.
You can minimise the risk of a dry socket by visiting a dentist with experience in tooth extraction. Moreover, preventing this condition may be possible with the following:
- Try to stop smoking before your tooth extraction. You can talk about this with your dentist.
- Inform your dentist about any medication you’re currently taking, as certain medicines can have adverse effects on blood clotting.
- Avoid hot and carbonated drinks.
- Refrain from using straws following the treatment
- Follow the post-care provided by your dentist.
A dry socket can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult to deal with. It can create an intense and throbbing pain that radiates to your ear, neck, jaw, and other nearby areas. Due to severe discomfort, most people find it hard to concentrate on everyday tasks, like eating or talking.