Who Is Likely to Get Dry Socket?
Anyone can experience dry socket, but some people may be more prone to getting dry socket after having a tooth pulled. That includes people who:
- have poor oral hygiene
- have a history of dry socket after having teeth pulled
Drinking through a straw after having a tooth extracted also can raise your risk of getting dry socket.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Socket?
If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you may be able to see a dry-looking opening instead of a dark blood clot. Pain is one of the main symptoms of dry socket. It typically starts about two days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.
How Is Dry Socket Treated?
If you think you may be suffering from dry socket, it is best to call and book an appointment to see your dentist right away. They will want to exam the area and help ease any discomfort you may be experiencing. They can also let you know of any OTC pain medication that may help.
What Can I Do to Prevent Dry Socket?
Because smoking is a big risk factor for dry socket, avoid cigarettes, cigars, and any other tobacco products for a day or so after your surgery. Check with your dentist about any medications you are taking that may interfere with normal blood clotting.
After surgery, avoid drinking through a straw for the first few days. Also don’t rinse your mouth more than your dentist recommends. If you do rinse, do so gently. Be sure to visit your dentist for all scheduled follow-up visits.