How Dentists Can Treat Dry Sockets

Dry sockets are an unenviable side effect of many wisdom teeth extractions, occurring in anywhere from 2-35% of wisdom teeth patients, depending on a wide variety of criteria.

To prevent dry sockets from occurring, patients can drink plenty of water, sleep well, avoid smoking, and refrain from drinking from a straw after your tooth extraction.

While dry sockets can certainly be painful, there are ways that dentists can treat dry sockets if they do occur.

Watch the video below to learn what the American Dental Association has to say in regards to how dry sockets can be prevented and treated:


“Even with regular brushing and flossing, you may need to have a tooth pulled. Occasionally, when a tooth is removed, a dry socket may occur. Dry socket results from the loss of a blood clot from the extraction site. If you have a dry socket, your dentist will recommend various treatments to promote healing and ease discomfort. Treatments may include a medicated dressing in the socket to help reduce pain, anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or aspirin or applying a cold compress or ice bag. Avoid cigarette smoking or any tobacco use since it can delay the healing process. Also, for the first 24 hours, avoid drinking liquids through a straw. Brush twice daily and floss once a day as normal, but try to avoid the empty socket. Your dentist wants what’s best for your oral health. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. “

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