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What is an Early Stage Dry Socket?

For many people, having your wisdom teeth pulled can be an annoying but otherwise harmless experience. However, after any tooth extraction, it’s possible to develop an early stage dry socket if you don’t follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. This article will explain what causes early stage dry sockets and how you can avoid them in the future. Plus, you’ll learn why you should see your dentist right away if you do think you have one, as well as what to expect if you do end up developing an early stage dry socket in your mouth.

 

Early stage dry sockets

If you’ve had a tooth removed, you might hear your dentist use terms like early stage dry socket. What exactly does that mean and how can you prevent it from happening to you? We’re here to help. A dry socket happens when there is insufficient blood supply in your mouth after a tooth extraction. If left untreated, a dry socket can be extremely painful, could result in infection and even compromise your permanent teeth. Here are some quick tips for preventing early stage dry sockets

 

Causes

The best way to prevent early stage dry socket from happening to you is to practice good oral hygiene and follow all post-surgery instructions. Don’t wait to have your wisdom teeth removed; just get it done already. If you have any questions about dry socket treatment, don’t hesitate to ask us for help. We can talk about prevention and other post-extraction topics with you anytime by calling us at 855-898-1413. (LINK)

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of dry socket are pain, discomfort and sensitivity around your tooth. Other symptoms include bad breath, difficulty chewing and swallowing and swelling. Because dry sockets are usually triggered by oral surgery or an extraction, they typically don’t happen to patients until 24 hours after their procedure or surgery. However, it can take up to two weeks for a dry socket to appear in some cases. An early stage dry socket has not yet impacted your bite or spread into surrounding areas in your mouth. But if you think you might have a case of early stage dry socket, it’s important to visit our dentist right away so we can diagnose it and treat it quickly! With prompt treatment, you can reduce some discomfort while also preventing further complications from occurring later on down the road.

 

Prevention

One of your best defenses against a dry socket (also known as a periapical abscess) is to ensure that your dentist or oral surgeon provides you with enough pain medication after your procedure to last through discharge. Also, encourage them to remove all teeth within your scope of treatment and schedule appointments at intervals close enough together that you have time to recover between visits. If you’re prone to dry sockets, consider asking for prescriptions for more meds in advance so that there’s less of a chance that you’ll run out before seeing your doctor again. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and eat well-balanced meals. Lastly, try not to smoke.

 

Treatment Options

The most obvious form of treatment is simply to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. Implants aren’t available for all teeth, but if they are suitable, they will be more cost-effective than bridges or dentures over time. Whether you want to replace one tooth or multiple teeth with implants, it’s best to plan early so that there isn’t as much bone loss after extraction. Your dentist will discuss your options for replacement and help you determine what your best course of action is based on your oral health. And always remember: To take good care of your mouth in between dental visits, brush twice daily and floss daily!

 

Recovery

Your dentist has just extracted a tooth and you are starting to feel better from your long-overdue surgery. The problem is, you’re experiencing symptoms that signal dry socket—soreness or discomfort around your extraction site, pain when chewing, and even feeling like something is lodged under your gum. If you experience any of these symptoms within three days of a tooth extraction, see your dentist immediately. Unless it’s an emergency situation (i.e., a condition that could cause infection), wait until morning to call; emergencies are rare and won’t get better overnight. But if you suspect a dry socket—or any other post-extraction complication—see your dentist right away.

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