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How to Prevent Dry Socket
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Tips on How to Prevent Dry Socket

Many people get dry socket after their tooth is extracted. This complication is actually quite common particularly in the case of wisdom teeth removal. After a tooth is extracted, a cloth of blood forms, layering the wound to give protection in a way it prevents bleeding and heal the wound. However, the clot can get dislodged where the bone and nerves are exposed and the socket continues bleeding. This can lengthen the recovery time. Not only does dry socket delay the healing process, it also can lead to further infection. Therefore, preventing dry socket is very important so is learning how to prevent a dry socket.

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How to Get Rid of Dry Socket

There are a number of steps your oral surgeon will do to prevent dry socket and other complications that may occur and ensure fast healing of the wound after the surgery. Dry socket can be effectively prevented by taking some medication. Your oral surgeon will prescribe these medications based on your situation. You need to take the medication as prescribed by your doctor. Besides, he will give you oral antibiotics to prevent and heal the bacterial infection. In addition, antibacterial mouthwashes or gels are also given for use before and after tooth extraction. After the surgery, antiseptic solutions and medicated dressings are applied to the socket. The first application is done by the oral surgeon in the clinic directly after the surgery but after that, you should be able to do that at home. Your oral surgeon will give you instruction on how to do so.

Your doctor or oral surgeon is not the only one who responsible for your recovery. It all depends on the patient. There are many things you can do to prevent dry socket. Before surgery, make sure you go the right place, meaning that the dentist or oral surgeon who you are going to work with is the one who has experience and expertise in tooth extraction. If you are a smoker and plan to have a tooth removal, stop smoking right from now on. Note that tobacco products including cigarettes can increase the risk of dry socket.

After the surgery, pay attention to your doctor’s instructions and explanation related to the healing process including how to do self-care for the wound. The instructions will like to address the break time, diet change, mouth hygiene, and other things as well. You should follow and stick to the instructions as they will be very helpful to heal the wound quickly and prevent dry socket.

For the first week after the surgery, avoid doing rigorous activities as this can dislodge the blood clot. You should have enough rest. Eat soft and semi-soft foods such as cream soup and yogurt for the first few days. You can begin to eat normally after the wound is healed. Avoid drinking hot water and beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine, and soda at least for the first day. Lastly, do not be worried about cleaning your mouth. It is even a must thing to do following the surgery. However, you should do it very gently. Avoid brushing the extraction site. Rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day.

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