Dentist Bel Air, MD

Alveolar osteitis, commonly known as dry socket, is a temporary but uncomfortable complication that can follow a tooth extraction. Though rare, it’s easily preventable with the right care. Here are some tips to help you avoid dry socket after oral surgery and ensure a speedy recovery.

Understanding Dry Socket
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the empty space left behind. This clot protects the underlying bone, gum tissue, and nerves from infection and debris as the extraction site heals. However, in some cases, the clot can become dislodged or fail to form correctly, leaving the site exposed. This condition is known as dry socket.

The most common symptom of dry socket is a deep, throbbing discomfort within the extraction area. You may also notice a foul smell or taste in your mouth. If you experience these symptoms, it’s crucial to contact our office immediately for assistance.

Risk Factors and Prevention
While dry socket is rare, certain factors can increase your risk. Tobacco use, oral contraceptives, poor oral hygiene, or gum infections around the extraction site can all heighten your chances. To prevent dry socket, avoid using straws, brushing the extraction area, or rinsing your mouth vigorously during the healing process. Follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your dentist and reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Treatment and Recovery
If you do develop dry socket, our team will provide prompt and effective treatment. We’ll flush the area to remove any debris and pack the extraction site with gauze or another dressing. You may also be prescribed medication to alleviate discomfort. Attending follow-up appointments is essential to ensure a timely recovery.

Dry socket is rare, and while it can be uncomfortable, it’s temporary and easily treatable. Our experienced team at True North Dentistry, your trusted Bel Air Dentist, will guide you through your recovery process. For more information on post-extraction care or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Your oral health and comfort are our top priorities.

True North Dentistry
Phone: 410-838-8078
4A North Avenue, Suite 200
Bel Air, MD 21014

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4A North Ave STE 200,
Bel Air, MD 21014

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Tuesday:8am - 7pm
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Thursday:8am - 5pm
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