If you don’t follow Dr. Ray English’s recovery instructions after a tooth extraction at RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center, you may develop Dry Socket, a painful condition that occurs when your blood clot is dislodged from your extraction site. Wondering how dry socket is treated, and how can it be prevented? Get all the details in this blog, and make sure you avoid Dry Socket after your tooth extraction in Rhode Island.
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the socket where your tooth used to be. This blood clot provides the support structure that healthy bone and the gum tissue will heal around.
However, if this blood clot is damaged or dislodged from the extraction site, Dry Socket occurs. This condition can cause lots of pain and discomfort, slows down the healing process, and increases the risk of infection after your extraction.
Most commonly, blood clots become dislodged when you spit, smoke, use a straw, or rinse your mouth vigorously after an extraction. Eating crunchy or hard foods can also damage and dislodge your blood clot.
That’s why you’re supposed to avoid spitting, using a straw, smoking, and eating hard and crunchy foods after your extraction. Doing so helps protect your blood clot until the area starts to heal, and prevents Dry Socket.
Think that you may have Dry Socket after your tooth extraction? Here are a few common signs and symptoms:
So, what are your options for Dry Socket treatment? Here’s what you can expect as part of your treatment plan for this complication.
Dry Socket is 100% avoidable with proper precautions. So whenever you get surgery at RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center, make sure you follow the recovery instructions provided to you by Dr. English and our surgical team.
And if you’re experiencing complications after your dental surgery, our team is here to help. Give us a call at (401) 732-1188 or contact us online to schedule a follow up visit, and get the expert dental care you need in Rhode Island.
Are you interested in dental implants or in finding out if you’re a good candidate for oral surgery? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ray English III today! He’ll take the time to get to know you, and provide treatment plan options that are tailored to your unique needs, so you can get the care that’s right for you.