What you need to know about dry socket

Unfortunately, there are situations that can occur that may require the extraction of a permanent tooth. This might be due to extensive damage to the tooth’s structure that is beyond repair, or loosening caused by periodontal disease and bone loss. Whatever the reason, patients will find that tooth extraction often has no postoperative complications. However, there is a condition that can occur called dry socket.

What is dry socket?

Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of Pittsford, NY describes dry socket, or alveolar osteitis, as a condition that occurs when the blood does not properly clot following the extraction of a natural tooth. It may also occur if the clot formed but was dislodged. When there is no protective blood clot, patients may be at risk of having the nerves, bone, and tissue exposed.

What are the symptoms of dry socket?

  • Pain or discomfort due to exposed nerves
  • Deep, throbbing pain on the side of the face where extraction occurred
  • Radiation of pain through the eyes, ears, and neck
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Exposed bone when physically evaluating the space where the tooth was removed

What can be done for patients with dry socket?

Patients who visit Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano with dry socket will find that the treatment for this condition is relatively simple. The dentist evaluates the area where the extraction occurred to determine if dry socket exists. The socket is gently cleansed and disinfected before the dentist applies gauze to help form the blood clots needed for proper healing. Patients may also be given pain medications to take to manage any discomfort they may have with dry socket. After extraction of teeth, our team will educate patients on how to avoid and prevent dry socket from occurring.

Call DeStefano today!

Pittsford, NY patients interested in dental care with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team are welcome to call (585) 248-2383 to schedule an appointment. His practice is conveniently located at 600 Kreag Road, and his friendly front office team can speak to you about requesting a consultation visit with the staff. His office provides general, cosmetic, and restorative care for new and current patients and families.

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