Dry socket and Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is one of the most common practices done in the oral cavity. When a wisdom tooth is removed cases of dry socket can be seen.

Dry socket occurs in individual in the cases like wisdom tooth extraction, having history of dry socket in previous tooth extractions, smoking, poor oral hygiene, consumption of birth control pills. In the initial days, after wisdom tooth removal a blood clot can be seen in the area where the tooth had erupted. This blood clot remains in that area for a couple of days. Gradually, blood clot is replaced by the tissues and bone which lie below it. In this way, blood clot and tooth removal are interrelated to each other. In case the blood clot gets washed away from the area the bone lying below it gets exposed to the air. This results in the formation of the dry socket.

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Blood clot is very important in order to prevent the dry socket to occur as blood clot protects the bone below it from getting exposed. In order to prevent the blood clot from getting dislodged from its position, some of the habits should be changed or added like not smoking before and after tooth extraction, rinsing harshly after tooth extraction, taking birth pills only at the advised amount, drinking lot of fluid with straw just after tooth removal and most importantly follow the instructions given by the dentist before and after the surgery. With this, the individual will be safe from dry socket and will have a healthy natural process of recovery after the treatment.

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Dry socket in the beginning looks quite terrible like a fleshy hole up to 2-4 weeks depending on the recovery rate. Rinsing carefully with a controlled speed is recommended so that there is proper recovery of the gingival tissues and socket itself. There should be less pain with time and in case pain still exists then you should consult your dentist.

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