Avoiding Dry Socket Following Tooth Extraction

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Our first goal is to preserve your natural teeth if possible to maintain the optimal function of your smile. However, your teeth may be affected by certain conditions such as trauma or disease that can cause them to become too damaged to support a dental restoration. If you need to undergo tooth extraction to restore your oral health, we can help you prevent dry socket until you receive a tooth replacement.

After a tooth has been removed, a blood clot typically forms over the empty space in the tooth socket as your body’s way of preventing the vulnerable area from attracting bacteria and developing an infection. This is because the clot can provide coverage for any exposed jawbone or nerves. As much as possible, you should prevent the blood clot from becoming dislodged or lost, which is called dry socket, because this can cause you to have a high risk of infection and experience significant oral discomfort. Following the removal of a tooth, you should treat the extraction site with great care to protect the blood clot.

To prevent any accidental damage following your procedure, Dr. Mo Banki may recommend that you not use a toothbrush on your teeth for at least 24 hours, but instead rinse gently with an antiseptic mouthwash. If you develop an appetite after your procedure, cool, soft foods are optimal after a treatment, and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth can help protect the extraction site. Using a straw is very risky and should be avoided because it creates suction that can damage and remove the blood clot. When you can once again brush your teeth, be very gentle and don’t poke the socket while it is still healing. We advise against smoking or chewing tobacco since these habits can cause infection and prevent the clot from forming properly.

To learn more about after-care instructions for tooth extraction in Warwick, Rhode Island, contact MSL Surgery at 401-739-5500 today for a consultation with our oral surgeons.