Dry Socket is a case in which when an adult tooth is extracted the blood clot does not form on the point of extraction of the tooth. Blood clots many get dissolve, leaving the nerves and underlying bones naked. This can also cause server pain in your mouth. Dry socket is very common when an adult tooth is taken out. In this article, we will learn about how to avoid dry sockets. Dry also doesn’t heal up on their own you need to visit your dentist again to make treat dry socket.
Normally is simple to tell you to have a dry socket as you feel severe pain in the area where the tooth has been taken out. But sometimes this pain also leads to your neck and eye. This is where is it difficult to find what is the cause of the pain. Here are some of the symptoms of cry sockets which will help you figure out whether it is a dry socket or not
- intense pain a few days after surgery
- visibly empty socket with missing or partially missing blood clot
- pain that radiates from the socket into the rest of your face and head
- bad breath or foul odor in your mouth
- visible bone in the socket
Tips to avoid Dry sockets
It is not that hard to avoid dry sockets. As most of the time, the dry sockets start to appear on your own mistake, which you can control, and as a grown-up, you should. But in some cases, like when it is family history then you can’t do so much about that. But what you can do is to avoid following things to there is fewer chances of dry sockets. And is same goes for everyone else.
It might seem pretty stupid. Like what a straw can do which can cause a dry socket. Well, the straw does not do anything but the action of sucking that you perform can dislodge blood clots from the point where the tooth has been extracted. So, try not to use a straw for a few weeks. You can drink directly straight from the glass. Also, stay away from everything which includes the act of sucking inside it.
Smoking is one of the biggest reasons due to which people start having a dry socket. Not only smoking but all the things that have tobacco inside it can cause this to happen. According to a study, 12% of people who smoke develop a dry socket after the surgery and only 4% who don’t smoke at all.
Smoking can cause dry sockets because of two reasons. The first one is that it included the act of sucking in it, which we have discus above is not good. And second of all tobacco contain some chemical which can stop or slow down the process of healing of our body. Due to this, the blood clot cannot form properly and it leads to a dry socket.
Try your best to stay away from smoking or tobacco-related products for a couple of weeks. This can also help you to avoid smoking and quit eventually. Dental surgery can be a kick-start for you to avoid smoking. Also, ask your dentist for some tips he can also help you with this.
You can also use these tips to avoid smoking.
- Switch to a nicotine patch.
- Wait at least 48 hours after your surgery before smoking. When you resume smoking, inhale very gently.
- Ask your dentist for stitches on your surgery site.
- Keep the gauze in place over your socket while smoking.
- Avoid nicotine gum or chewing tobacco.
- When you’d normally smoke, distract yourself with a new habit.
If you don’t want to quit smoking then before starting again consult your dentist to find that if it is right for you to smoke at that time or not.
Eat soft food
After every dental surgery, you must eat only soft food to make sure that you give your mouth enough time to heal. You can eat soft food like applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes. Then on the second or third day, you can start eating healthy food but don’t eat hard food yet. At least wait for a couple of weeks before starting to eat hard food.
This is because hard food can damage the blood clot that is forming on the top of the point of extraction. So, you must stick to soft food for at least a few weeks after the surgery. You can also ask your dentist about the food that you can eat.
Ask about medication interactions
There is some type of medicines that can also lead to dry sockets, but it is very rare. Even some studies show that there is a link between dry sockets and medications. If you have any kind of allergy or you think that medicine can also lead you to dry sockets then you should ask your dentist about that. Your dentist will help you with this also.
Proper Oral Hygiene
Hygiene is also really important it does not matter if you have gone through surgery or not you should take proper oral hygiene. After the surgery oral hygiene is more necessary because the bacteria that form in your oral cavity, can stop the healing process.
So, is why it is important to take of your oral hygiene also. You should brush twice a day and also floss daily. This will make sure that no bacteria are left behind and then the blood clot will get a proper environment to form.
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