Whenever a tooth is removed, there is a risk of bacteria entering the extraction site, which can lead to complications, with one of the most frequently encountered complications being a condition known as “dry socket.”

Known more commonly as “dry socket,” alveolar osteitis is a temporary complication of tooth extractions. It is fortunately rare, preventable, and only lasts for a short period of time. The following tips will help you avoid dry socket after oral surgery and ensure a quick and comfortable recovery.

What is a “dry socket?”

In the area left behind after a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms. During the healing process of the extraction site, this clot prevents the underlying bone, gum tissue, and nerves from becoming infected by bacteria or food debris. Sometimes, the clot may become dislodged or fail to form properly, leaving the site exposed. This is a dry socket.

Dry sockets are distinguished by throbbing, intense pain in the extraction area.There is a possibility that you will experience bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth as a result of a foul odor emanating from your mouth. In the event that this occurs, please contact our office as soon as possible.

Preventive measures and risk factors

It is rare to develop a dry socket, but certain factors can increase your chances of developing one. Using tobacco products, taking oral contraceptives, maintaining poor oral hygiene, or having gum disease around the extraction site may increase your risk. Avoid using straws, brushing the extraction site, or rinsing your mouth vigorously during the healing process in order to avoid dry sockets. Please follow your post-treatment instructions and contact our office if you have any questions.

The treatment and recovery process

We will provide you with quick, effective treatment if you do develop a dry socket. In order to remove any debris from the extraction site, our team will flush the area and pack it with gauze or other dressings. Prescription medication may be required to alleviate discomfort.In order to ensure a timely recovery, you are encouraged to attend follow-up appointments.

In the event that dry socket occurs, it is generally temporary and can be treated. Throughout your recovery, our experienced team will be there to assist you. Our Orland Park Oral Surgeon can provide you with more information regarding post-extraction care.

Please contact Chicago Dental Implants, Oral & Facial Surgery to schedule a consultation if you have questions regarding dry sockets or are considering tooth extraction.

Chicago Dental Implants, Oral & Facial Surgery
Phone: (708) 301-5000
10713 W 159th Street
Orland Park, IL 60467