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Having a tooth removed is an unpleasant experience under any circumstances. Yet for the small percentage of people who develop the painful post-operative condition known as dry socket, this unpleasant experience can become a full-fledged nightmare. If you would like to learn more about this painful condition, read on. This article will answer three of the most common questions asked about dry socket.
What is dry socket?
Dry socket, also known by the more formal name of alveolar osteitis, is a condition that may be developed following a tooth extraction. Luckily, this problem is relatively rare, afflicting only 2 to 5 percent of people. For those who do develop dry socket, however, the pain can be almost cripplingly intense.
This pain is caused by inflammation in or around the alveolar bone--the bone containing the socket in which your former tooth was housed. There is generally a period of a few days after the extraction before the pain has started. During this time, as part of your body's natural healing process, blood will have begun to form a clot in the socket. Dry socket occurs when this blot clot dissolves or is jarred loose, leaving the bone beneath it painfully exposed to any and all stimuli.
How is dry socket treated?
Perhaps the toughest thing about dry socket is that there is really no way to remedy the problem except to let the body naturally heal itself. Unfortunately, this process may take several weeks. During that time, your dentist will likely apply a medicinal dressing to help protect the socket and to promote speedy healing. In addition, they may write you a prescription for antibiotics, in order to help keep the socket from getting infected.
Is there any way to lower the chance of developing a dry socket?
While it is not always possible to avoid developing socket, there are indeed certain things you can do to reduce the likelihood. Because smokers are at an especial risk, it is recommended that patients should avoid all tobacco use for the 24 hours preceding the surgery, and the 48 hours following. This will allow your body to do its healing unimpeded.
Women who take birth control pills may also have more acute chances of developing dry socket. This has to do with estrogen's affect on the body's ability to heal from wounds. However, the risk can be minimized by planning the surgery so that it falls at a time of the month when you are receiving the lowest dose of estrogen.
Contact a professional like Dr. Roland DiGregorio to learn more.Share