DRY SOCKET - Dry socket is
the most common complication of an extraction. It develops in about 5%
of tooth extractions. It is very painful condition that is easily
treated by an emergency dentist.
Any socket in which a patient is having pain due to the loss of the blood clot
thus exposing the bone to air, food, and fluids along with an offensive
odor. This often occurs two or more days after an extraction and can
last about 5-6 days. It is normal to have soreness and discomfort following an extraction.
However, pain should be lessening by the second day.The dry socket condition
exist when a blood clot is dislodged from the surgery site thus
exposing the bone and fine nerve endings. The blood clot helps in the
stopping of bleeding and lays the foundation or framework for new
tissue and bone to develop over a two-month healing process. Dry Socket
is more common in the mandibular area and in back teeth due to poorer
circulation in this area, with wisdom teeth being the most common
site. Dry socket delays the healing process.
It usually takes gum tissue about 3-4 weeks to heal where as the bone can take up to six months to heal.
TREATMENT of dry socket at Dentist Emergency Australia
Patients usually notice pain relief in about 5-10 minutes after the dressing is applied.
We have experienced fewer cases of dry socket since every patient is asked to rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash and each patient is instructed on how to care for their extraction site through education, verbal instruction and home care instruction hand outs.