If you recently have your tooth pulled or extracted, then you are at risk of developing a dry socket. A condition that prevents your gums and nerves from formulating blood clots properly. Without these blood clots, your hollowed gum stays exposed. If left unaddressed, the exposed gum may develop severe complications and infection.
Here we have comprehensively discussed dry sockets. Read on to learn more about how to identify the dry socket, when to seek treatment and how to keep your gum protected from dry gum.
IDENTIFICATION OF DRY SOCKET
The most apparent sign of dry socket is the throbbing jaw pain. The pain is typically felt on the same side of extraction. It starts from the extraction side and spreads up to your ears, eyes and temple. Another sign of dry socket development is the surfacing of a bone. If you can see a bone appearing in the hole of your extracted tooth, then you possibly have developed a dry socket. The pain usually develops within three days of your tooth extraction, but may happen anytime. Other tell-tale signs of dry socket are a lingering bad taste and persistent bad breath. If you experience or observe any of these signs, visit your dentist for an immediate follow-up.
TREATMENT OF DRY SOCKET
If you are diagnosed with a dry socket, your dentist will foremost clean your socket to ensure its free of debris and other food particles. It helps in alleviating any pain and preventing the development of infection. Your dentist may also apply a numbing gel and pack it with a gauze. Dentists will also instruct you on how to remove the gauze and tell further preventive measures to take properly. in most cases, dentists recommend regular rinsing with salt water. If the condition is severe, dentists will give you clear instructions on how to apply another dressing. You may also be prescribed some over-the-counter medications to comfort your pains. Also, you will have follow-up appointments to keep a check on your affected area.
PREVENTION OF DRY SOCKET
Dry socket is not an untreatable or a debilitating condition; it can easily be encountered and reversed. Below, we have listed a few preventive measures that will help you in reducing the risk of dry socket.
Avoid using tobacco
Tobacco increases your risk of developing a dry socket after tooth extraction. In fact, smoking in all forms is harmful to your teeth. Inhaling smoke quickly dislodges your blood clot and prevents it from forming firmly.
Avoid using straw
Avoid using straws for at least one week after your tooth extraction. The suction through a straw will prevent the blood clot from holding firmly at its place
Foods to avoid
Avoid foods that can get stuck in your food, like nuts, seeds, and candies. Prefer eating soft foods like yogurt and mashed potatoes. These foods won’t get lodged between your teeth.
Maintain your oral hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean prevents germs and infection from breaking down the clot. Ask your dentist for some useful tips on brushing your teeth and maintaining your oral hygiene.