Can dry socket be prevented?

After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow and in order to help prevent dry socket.

It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.

For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You should continue to brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.
Dry socket is very preventable if you follow some simple steps. Before your surgery, research dentists to find one with plenty of experience with tooth extractions. Women who take oral contraceptives should schedule surgery between days 23 and 28 of the menstrual cycle, because high estrogen levels minimize clotting. If you smoke or use tobacco, stop for 24 hours before the surgery. Be sure to discuss all medications and supplements that you are taking, prescription and over the counter, with your doctor.

Once you have had surgery, do not spit or drink through a straw, and do not rinse your mouth a lot. It is also a good idea to chew food on the opposite side of the mouth and use a warm saline rinse to cleanse your mouth. Wait for two or three days after surgery before you drink carbonated beverages, and avoid touching the extraction site with your fingers or tongue. Finally, when you brush the teeth on either side of the extraction site, do so gently.

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Dry Socket

Dry Socket

If you've just had a tooth extracted, particularly a wisdom tooth, you may start to feel a nasty pain a few days after the tooth extraction. Call your doctor or dentist to see if this is dry socket, a condition that can happen whe...

n the blood clot that is supposed to form in the socket where your tooth was gets dislodged. This will interfere with healing. Also known as alveolar osteitis, dry socket can cause pain not only where the tooth was but through the jaw and radiating to your ears. Learn more about preventing and treating dry socket with expert advice from Sharecare.

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