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Dry socket occurs in only 2-5% of patients who get a tooth extraction. It can be pretty uncomfortable, but with the correct care, complete healing is easily accomplished. Here are some frequently asked questions about this condition:

What exactly is dry socket?
The socket is the opening in the bone left behind after a tooth extraction. Normally, a blood clot naturally forms to cover the socket until it is completely healed. When dry socket occurs, the clot is dislodged or dissolves, leaving the bone and nerves underneath exposed and placing the mouth in danger of infection and severe pain.

I’m having a tooth extraction. How do I lower my chances of dry socket?
Some things you can do include: staying away from tobacco at least 48 hours before the extraction, or quitting altogether, scheduling the procedure on a day when your estrogen is low if you are taking birth control, .checking with your doctor to see if certain medications you are taking may interfere with blood clotting, and after the surgery, avoiding drinking through a straw, rinsing your mouth excessively, or spitting a lot.

I think I already have dry socket. What should I do?
Call Lake City Family Dental Center, PA immediately for an emergency appointment. Dr. Reeve Abraben will clean the socket and remove any harmful debris as well as seal the breach with a special paste or dressing. You’ll likely return to the office for recurring treatment until the socket heals completely. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to ward off infection, or we may give you a special mouth rinse to use.

Do you have any other questions not addressed here? Just call Lake City Family Dental Center, PA in Lake City, Florida at 386.752.1342. We’re excited to hear from you.