Dry sockets are one of the most common (and painful!) complications after a wisdom tooth extraction. Fortunately, this tooth socket pain can be easily prevented. Read on to learn what dry sockets are and how you can avoid them after your tooth removal.

What are Dry Sockets?

After you get a tooth removed, your body will form a blood clot over the site where your tooth once was. This blood clot is completely normal and is necessary for healing. If the blood clot becomes dislodged or is disrupted before your surgery site heals, it will form in its place. Dry sockets can be very painful and might also affect your recovery time.

Preventing Dry Sockets

There are a few things you can do as you recover from oral surgery to prevent it. It’s important not to make a sucking motion with your mouth as this can dislodge the blood clots at your surgery site. Avoid using straws and smoking cigarettes after your tooth extraction and stick to soft foods during your recovery.

Talking to Your Oral Surgeon

If you think you are experiencing sockets, talk to your oral surgeon. They will be able to evaluate the situation and recommend a treatment option. They will also be able to monitor your surgery site for signs of infection. To schedule an appointment or to talk to an oral surgeon today, call Lonestar Dental Center at 281-233-0333.

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