What are the dangers of dry socket following tooth extraction?

young asian woman smiling beauty After the extraction of a tooth, it is pertinent that you closely follow aftercare instructions from your dentist. The professionals at Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center of both Allentown and Bethlehem, PA are here to educate you on some of the dangers of not complying with aftercare, including a condition known as dry socket.

What is dry socket?

Dry socket is a condition that may be seen after tooth extractions. When the tooth is removed, the body will create a blood clot in the space left behind. This is part of the natural process of healing. If this blood clot fails to occur, or if it has been dislodged or dissolved before the area has properly healed, it can result in a painful dental condition known as dry socket, or “alveolar osteitis.” This condition can cause significant problems for the patient, including:

  • Intense pain
  • Inflammation
  • Clogging with food debris
  • Exposed nerve endings
  • Bad breath/odor
  • Unpleasant odor in the mouth
  • Visible bone in the socket

The symptoms of dry socket are often seen a few days after the extraction has been performed and requires attention by a dental professional.

When should I call the dentist if I suspect dry socket?

Patients who have extremely pain and discomfort, outside of what is expected following an extraction, will want to connect with their dentist for further evaluation. There are several issues that can arise if the condition occurs and is not treated, including:

  • Infection of the socket
  • Exposure to harmful substances
  • Osteomyelitis (a chronic bone infection)

Along with your aftercare instructions is information regarding what to expect and when to call the dentist. Pay close attention to the recommendations to reduce your risk of not only dry socket, but other complications that may arise after tooth extractions are performed.

Are you interested in aftercare information following dental extractions?

When having a tooth removed with the team at Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center in Allentown or Bethlehem, PA, we educate patients on how to care for their smile afterwards to reduce the risk of complications like dry socket. Contact our facility today to book an appointment and learn more about simple and surgical extractions.

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