Dry Socket after Tooth Extraction

The condition known as Dry Socket can occur after one or more teeth have been removed.

Dry Socket

What is Dry Socket?

It is possible to get dry socket after a tooth has been extracted. Dry socket happens when the blood clot that was formed after your tooth was removed becomes loose and leaves a hole where your tooth used to be. Without the blood clot any type of air flow or hot or cold liquids or foods can cause extreme pain in to the area where the clot should be.

Dry socket happens to many people who have their teeth removed. Most people experience the condition between 1 to 3 days after the tooth extraction.

The easiest way to be sure if you have dry socket is to shine a touch into your mouth and see if a blood clot is present. If it isn’t there and you are experiencing pain or discomfort then you likely have dry socket.


Does Dry Socket Hurt?

In a word – Yes. Dry socket is probably the most painful thing that can happen after a tooth has been extracted. Many of the nerve endings have no shield from things entering your mouth and this can cause extreme pain.


How to Prevent Dry Socket

You can’t 100% prevent dry socket, but you can do a number of things to lessen your chances.

  1. Avoid smoking
  2. Avoid Alcohol
  3. Try not to drink too many fizzy drinks
  4. Do not spit or suck hard
  5. Coughing and Sneezing have been know to dislodge the blood clot
  6. Keep your tongue away from the wound
  7. Brush your teeth carefully
  8. Rinse your mouth carefully
  9. Do not chew food at the site of the tooth extraction.


What Treatment is Available?

Unfortunately most standard pain relief like paracetamol will not provide much relief and the best course of action is to contact your dental practitioner so that additional treatments can be sought.


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