After a tooth extraction, some individuals may experience a dry socket. This condition typically arises within three day after an extraction when blood falls out of the socket. Without the blood clot, the bone is exposed and can cause a great deal of pain.

Often, dry sockets lead to pain that radiates up and down the face and pain upon breathing in cold wear or even simply drinking a glass of cold water. The blood clot must be kept in the socket until the bone has been able to fill it and heal. Without the blood clot, healing can be prolonged and cause significant pain.

Some of our patients have asked us whether stitches or sutures cause dry sockets. The truth is they do not. In fact, they are intended to prevent them. If you have stitches or sutures in and still developed a dry socket, your clot may have dissolved, making it important for you to return to the dentist.

In addition to stitches or sutures, you can prevent dry sockets by quitting smoking if you smoke. You can also drink plenty of clear liquids to keep yourself hydrated, be cautious when eating or drinking, refrain from carbonated beverages, and rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water. It’s also a good idea to rest after your tooth extraction and avoid playing sports, exercising, or engaging in other activities that could disturb your mouth.

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If you have questions related to how to prevent dry sockets, we encourage you to contact our office. Call us today at 703-439-1214.