Teeth extraction in South Hadley is one of the most dreaded procedures since no one loves having their teeth pulled. However, at times it is necessary, particularly if the teeth are impacted or crowded.
Most of the time, the procedure goes well, and it is normal to feel some pain and discomfort after tooth extraction. However, the ache can intensify and worsen after a few days; in this case, the high chances are that you might have a dry socket condition.
Dry socket is not a common occurrence; in fact, about 5 percent of the people who have their teeth pulled develop this condition. The condition can be very uncomfortable, but the good news is that it is treatable.
When our dentist in South Hadley, MA, extracts your tooth, it leaves a hole in the bone known as a socket. Ideally, after an extraction, a blood clot forms, which protects the nerves and the bones underneath.
In some cases, the clot can get dislodged because of trauma like when you accidentally poke the area when you are brushing your teeth. There are instances when the blood clot might not form because of bacterial contamination.
When the clot is dislodged, it exposes the alveolar bone (jawbone), which is why a dry socket is also referred to as alveolar osteitis. Air, food, and anything that enters your mouth can get lodged in the socket. The inflammation of the jawbone causes dry socket symptoms such as pain and foul breath.
If you had ever had your tooth pulled before and had a dry socket, then you are more likely to experience it again. You can let our dentist in South Hadley, MA, know about your history, although our dentist cannot do anything to prevent it from happening. The only thing is that we will be on the lookout for the dry socket.
You are likely to develop a dry socket if you:
It is unlikely that you would develop a dry socket. However, if you have one that is left untreated, possible complications might include:
You will have to come to the office so that you can receive dry socket treatment. Dry socket treatment includes:
Typically, you will notice the pain three days after an extraction. Dry socket usually lasts seven days if it is caught early and treated.
The healing time can even take ten days since this is how long it takes for new tissue to grow and cover the socket.
Immediately after your teeth extraction in South Hadley, our dentist will take preventive measures such as:
Other than that, it would help if you practiced the following at home:
Dry socket can be painful and uncomfortable. However, when you experience any of the signs associated with dry socket, contact our dentist at South Hadley Dental Group. Our team would love to help you get better.