Oral Surgery and Dry Socket
After oral surgery involving wisdom tooth extraction, you are susceptible to dry socket. This is quite painful and you can take certain steps to decrease your chances of getting it. The simplest thing you can do is follow your instructions for care after your oral surgery. Lynn Dental Care specialized in oral surgery and wisdom tooth removal, so we are very familiar with dry socket. Read on to learn what you can do.
What is Dry Socket?
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot formed at the point of extraction falls out. This leaves the socket exposed, which means the bone and nerves are exposed. Dry socket can cause you a good amount of pain and should be reported to your oral surgery specialist immediately. You’ll know you have dry socket if you’re still experiencing a good amount of pain after the first few days. If it has been 3 or four days and you are still experiencing a great deal of pain you probably have dry socket. You’ll need to see your dental care specialist in order to start the healing process.
How to Prevent Dry Socket
The instructions given to you after oral surgery are given to you for a reason. They outline what will give you the quickest and least painful healing process. Following this as close as possible will greatly reduce your chance of getting dry socket. Avoiding smoking, drinking from straws, and exercise after surgery is the best way to prevent dry socket.
What Happens If You Have Dry Socket
Unfortunately, dry socket isn’t always avoidable. If you have dry socket you should contact your oral surgeon right away. You’ll need to have your socket packed with a medicated packing in order to alleviate pain and perform the duties of the blood clot. In addition to immediately relieving dry socket pain, this will get your healing process back on track.
Use an Expert in Oral Surgery
At Lynn Dental Care we will make sure your oral surgery and post-surgery healing goes as smooth as possible. Dr. Lynn makes sure patients are informed on how best to prevent dry socket and how to heal quickly. Dr. Lynn is a periodontist, orthodontist, general dentist, cosmetic dentist, and oral surgeon. He can help you with any of your oral health needs and put you on the path to your ideal smile. Contact Lynn Dental Care today or view our website to set up an appointment.