Dry socket is a dental health complication that can occur after you have had an extraction. It happens because blood clots in the socket after the operation in the hole where the tooth was. If this clot gets washed away the bone is exposed to air and food, which cam be very painful and very unpleasant. There are certain factors that make people more prone to dry socket such as having diabetes, smoking or women who take birth control pills.
Dry socket will cause pain around the area of the extraction a few days after the surgery. This pain will then begin to spread through the mouth and teeth as the condition worsens. The pain of dry socket is often severe and won’t be cured with over-the-counter pain killers. Other obvious symptoms include having bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth.
If you suspect that you are suffering from dry socket after an extraction you will need to make an appointment with your London W1 dentist who will be able to examine the site of the infection for signs of the condition. They will usually take an x-ray to see if there are any fragments of bone in the cavity.
Dry socket will usually last for about one to three weeks but treatment will significantly reduce the amount pf pain felt during this period. The best way to avoid dry socket is prevention. By ensuring your teeth are in good condition you will be able to avoid the extraction in the first place but even then, keeping your teeth clean prior to the surgery will reduce your chances of suffering. Follow all your dentist’s instructions after surgery and avoid smoking at all costs.