DRY SOCKET: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO HEAL IT

mARCH 3RD, 2021

oral health

A dry socket is a process that happens when a blood clot falls away from the extraction site. Blood clots can fall out of any extraction site but primarily due to wisdom teeth removal.

If a blood clot falls out, it will typically happen within the first one to four days. If you have gone longer than four days, you will typically not get a dry socket.

Dry sockets can be cured at home, but if the pain is too severe, you may need to come into Thrive Dental in Frisco to alleviate your discomfort.



WHAT IS DRY SOCKET?

A dry socket occurs when a blood clot falls from the extraction site too early. Clot removal can be caused by negative pressure (sucking motion), hard foods poking and remove the clot, and many other reasons.

If a blood clot falls from the extraction site too early, there will be little protection from the underlying bone, nerves, and blood vessels. The exposed nerves will cause extreme patient pain. This pain may last a few days to a week.


WHEN CAN YOU GET DRY SOCKET?

A dry socket will typically occur within the first three days. This is why you should be the most careful after extractions to ensure you do not receive a dry socket.

If you have gone longer than four days, you will likely not get a dry socket.



WHAT DOES DRY SOCKET LOOK LIKE?

An extraction site may look like a hole with a white lesion at the bottom. If you notice your extraction site is very sore and has a white-looking film at the bottom, you may have a dry socket.

Regular extraction sites will appear red with fibrous tissue formation and may look inflamed. Inflammation, in this case, is right because it signals repair.




DRY SOCKET TREATMENT

If your pain is not tolerable, please come into our Frisco, TX office for help. There are many different possible treatments we will offer for you.

Our dentist may do one of the following
Clean the extraction site
Add a material called a bone graft
Prescribe strong pain medication
Add a solution called dry pocket paste to the extraction site.

If your pain is not too severe, you can try these at-home remedies:

Over the counter pain medication
Teabag to the extraction site
Essential oils
Cold/warm compress to alleviate pain





HOW LONG WILL DRY SOCKET PAIN LAST?

It typically takes a week to ten days for your extraction site to heal and for you to be free of dry socket pain. The pain should not come back after this time.

Your healing time may be prolonged if you have medical issues or periodontal disease.

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We should have gone over post-operative instructions with you already but below are a few of our recommendation:

No sucking through a straw
Avoid smoking anything
Do not swish vigorously with any liquids.
Do not exercise too intensely.
Take antibiotics if prescribed.
Avoid any foods that are sharp as they can damage the blood clot.

A dry socket can cause extreme discomfort. You may want to try the home remedies before coming into our office, but please call us immediately, or you can book here if the pain is too great.

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