Dry socket is the most common complication following a tooth extraction surgery. This occurs when the blood clot that is supposed to protect the extraction site is dislodged or doesn’t properly form. This can create distressing symptoms, such as intense pain, a foul odor in the mouth, and a delay in healing. Although some dry socket cases occur no matter what you do, there are a few things you can do to reduce your likelihood of getting dry socket. Read on to learn how to prevent dry socket, especially if you have an upcoming tooth extraction or a loved one who is due for wisdom teeth removal.
5 Tips to Prevent Dry Socket
1. Avoid Chewing Tobacco & Smoking
Avoid the use of tobacco products. Cigarettes and other tobacco products can increase your chances of getting a dry socket. If you have any type of surgery coming up and you use tobacco, try to start cutting down now. It’s best to quit entirely for the benefit of your oral health and overall health, but at least avoid using tobacco for 48 hours after surgery.
2. Know What to Eat
Consume soft foods, such as purees, gelatin products, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and smoothies. Avoid foods that may get caught in the surgical site, such as rice and seeds. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that was operated on.
3. Know What to Drink
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. Also, do not drink from a straw because the suction can increase the risk of dislodging your blood clot.
4. Keep It Clean
It is critical to follow the instructions we give you on keeping the area clean. All oral care should be gentle; do not vigorously rinse or swish.
Be sure to rest directly after your procedure, and wait until you’ve healed to resume vigorous activities. Use your pain medications only as prescribed and notify us if your pain gets worse or if you experience abnormal symptoms.
We’re Here to Make Your Recovery a Success!
We can help you prevent dry socket too; finding an experienced dental professional is step one in avoiding complications that may arise from tooth extraction surgery. Our team at Kherani Dental at Aspen is highly experienced and qualified to answer any questions you may have concerning all things dental. We are committed to providing you with the best care and information leading up to a surgery. Contact us today!