After Oral Surgery: Preventing Dry Socket

How to Prevent Dry Socket after Oral Surgery

Dry socket is one of the most unpleasant side effects you can get after oral surgery. Luckily, dry socket is highly preventable, as long as you take proper care and follow instructions from your oral surgeon. Today in the Lynn Dental Care blog, we’ll discuss the proper preventative measures to avoid dry socket after your wisdom teeth removal.

What is Dry Socket?

First, we’ll explain what dry socket is and how it happens. Dry socket is when the blood clot that forms over the wisdom tooth area is removed somehow. After your oral surgery, these clots form to protect the exposed bone and nerve. If this clot is removed, those extremely sensitive areas become susceptible to air, food, bacteria, and more. Not only is this painful, it also slows down the healing process. So how do you keep this from happening?

Preventing Dry Socket

After your oral surgery, your dental professional will give you a set of instructions to follow. These instructions will include what you need to do to minimize the chances of dry socket. Let’s take a look at those now.

Avoid Straws

The suction from straws can dislodge the blood clot, causing dry socket. Avoid using straws for at least a couple of weeks. Your surgeon may recommend you wait even longer.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking causes the same issues as straws. The suction from dragging on the cigarette can cause the blood clot to come loose. It also lets bacteria have access to the surgery site. Bacteria is also a problem with chewing tobacco, so avoid this as well. The juice can also cause high amounts of irritation to the site.

Avoid Hard Foods and Carbonated Drinks

Following your oral surgery, it’s recommended to eat soft foods that don’t irritate the surgery site, such as mashed potatoes and pudding. You’ll want to avoid foods that come apart in small pieces such as popcorn and nuts. The particles can lodge themselves in the blood clot area and cause them to dislodge. Carbonated drinks are also a good thing to avoid for the time being.

Keep Up Your Dental Hygiene

Finally, make sure to continue good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, making sure to be gentle around the surgery site. Use the medicated mouthwash that you’ll be given after your oral surgery. Also, after eating, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth out with salt water. Just make sure to not swish too hard and cause suction.

Contact Lynn Dental Care About Oral Surgery

If you’re in need of oral surgery, choose Lynn Dental Care. We offer a variety of other dental services such as orthodontics and general dentistry as well. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or view the Lynn Dental Care website for more information.