Dry socket is the most common complication of an extraction. It develops in about 5% of tooth extractions. It is very painful condition that is easily treated.
A dry socket is:
Any socket in which a patient is having pain due to the loss of the blood clot thus exposing the bone to air, food, and fluids along with an offensive odor. This often occurs two or more days after an extraction and can last about 5-6 days. It is normal to have soreness and discomfort following an extraction.
It usually takes gum tissue about 3-4 weeks to heal where as the bone can take up to six months to heal.
This condition is most often found:
In individuals who smoke before their recommended time. Smoking: decreases healing, decrease blood supply to the protective blood clot, brings toxic products to the area, injuries the gum tissue and the negative pressure of sucking removes the blood clot from the surgery site.
If you do not administer the proper care for your extraction site as instructed by staff.
Not following your home care instructions.
Sucking action from smoking, sneezing, coughing, spitting or sucking, within the first 24 hours.
Women taking oral contraceptives are more susceptible.
Prevention of dry socket:
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