Dry sockets are some of the most painful conditions associated with adult oral health. In order to get one, you first have to have a tooth removed, so you were probably in pain before the dry socket. You get the tooth removed, feel better for a couple of days and then, on comes the excruciating pain. To know how to prevent dry sockets from happening, it helps if you understand what they are.
Have an Extraction
When you get a cut or puncture, it bleeds, but chemicals in your blood
cause the blood to eventually clot. This happens to protect the underlying area and allow the body to heal itself. That’s exactly what happens when you have a wisdom tooth extracted, except that when you have a wisdom tooth pulled, the underlying roots and bone are exposed because of the hole created by the extraction. The gums bleed, then form a clot that serves as a sort of natural gauze that fills in the hole, while the organic basis of the clot helps the gums have a foundation to start healing on.
Tend to the Extraction
After the extraction, you’ll have a piece of gauze over the area where the wisdom tooth was. This is to help protect the exposed area from germs, but it also prevents you from accidentally pushing out the forming clot because as everyone knows, it seems that your tongue just can’t help but seek out that problem area.
Keep the Clot Intact
By the time you take the gauze off, a clot has formed inside the hole. At this point, people tend to make a few classic mistakes that you should avoid if you don’t want to have to deal with the searing pain of a dry socket.
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t use a straw
- Avoid hot drinks
- Don’t perform any kind of suction action
Suction can pull the clot from the socket and hot liquids can soften or dissolve the clot. It’s best to avoid both of these things whenever possible. If you feel an intense pain in the tooth area or in your face, contact Riverside Oral Facial Surgery by calling 706-235-5570 or visit the Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery Website.