The partial or total loss of a blood clot after a tooth extraction causes a dry socket. Usually, a blood clot will form after a tooth is extracted. The role of the blood clot is to cover and protect the underlying jawbone. In the event the blood clot does not last or form, the bone will become exposed and healing will be delayed.

The best way to reduce the risk of dry socket is to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions. Their instructions will likely include staying away from hard, crunchy, and sticky foods, refraining from smoking for at least 72 hours, and refraining from straw usage.

If you experience intense pain a few days after your tooth extraction or bad breath, you may have a dry socket. In the event you believe you may have a dry socket, visit your dentist right away. This is not a condition that can be treated with at home remedies and requires immediate medical attention.

Once you visit your dentist and they confirm you do have a dry socket, they may prescribe some antibiotics. They may also pack your dry socket with a special dry socket dressing. If your dry socket dressing starts to come out for any reason, we recommend gently pushing it back into its proper position with a Q-tip. If this does not help, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

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