All About Dry Socket

Even with regular brushing and flossing, you still may need a tooth pulled. Dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after the tooth is extracted. It happens when the blood clot that forms over the extraction site is displaced, leaving the nerves exposed. If this happens to you, notify your dentist immediately. The site will need to be cleaned and a medicated dressing placed in the socket. Your dentist will instruct you to change the dressing daily until the pain diminishes and the socket heals. You may also be prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen. A cold compress may also help with the pain. Make sure to refrain from drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours after surgery. Also, avoid tobacco products, as this can delay healing.

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