How a Dentist Treats Dry Socket

Dry socket is one of the dental maladies feared by so many people who avoid going to the dentist or do not wish to undergo more than routine dental procedures. alveolar osteitis is the direct consequence of tooth removal for any reason and while preventable, does occur in a significant number of people. 

When does dry socket occur and what is a dry socket?

While still rare, alveolar osteitis is caused after a tooth is removed and is most common in wisdom teeth removal. During most routine tooth removals, a blood clot usually forms to protect the opening in your gums and allow the healing process to commence. 

However, if a blood clot does not form, it can create what is known as a dry socket. A alveolar osteitis often leaves gums and bones exposed, leading to infection and other maladies. These dry sockets are created through bacterial contamination from food or other objects that enter a person’s mouth. Trauma is another possible cause of alveolar osteitis as a consequence of the tooth removal procedure. It is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible with a New Hyde Park dentist in order to minimize the damage.

Are there risk factors and possible complications for alveolar osteitis?

Generally, there are not many risk factors for dry socket, but people who have experienced dry socket before are more likely to get it than those who have not. Other risk factors include use of cigarettes and other tobacco products regularly, take oral contraceptives, or if you don’t care for the wound properly.  The possible complications for dry socket include healing that is delayed, socket infection, and an infection that spreads to the bone and could hurt other parts of the body.

How will a New Hyde Park dentist treat alveolar osteitis?

A New Hyde Park dentist will quickly work to treat dry sockets so that infections do not occur or spread and lead to further damage. This is often done through cleaning the dry socket to ensure it no longer has any food or other particles. A New Hyde Park dentist will then pack the dry socket with gauze. We may then later give you a saltwater or other rinse in order to clean the dry socket at home, in addition to more gauze to protect the socket from more damage.

What do I do if I have more questions regarding how a dentist treats a dry socket?

Call our New Hyde Park office today for an appointment to get more information on alveolar osteitis and how dentists treat them. We’re standing by and available for any questions you may have.

What to Expect When Having a Tooth Removed

Getting a tooth removed is not an easy or pleasant experience for most. Sometimes, even with the best and most diligent dental care, tooth removal is the only option to ensure a healthy mouth and to prevent future problems from occurring in other parts of your body. For many, there is some trepidation to getting teeth removed because they are unsure of what comes next for their smile and their overall health, oral and otherwise. Below, we’ll detail to expect when you’re having a removed tooth.

Why would I have a tooth removed? 

There are a multitude of reasons to have a tooth removal. Sometimes, your mouth is too crowded and if your teeth are too big for your mouth, one may have to go even if all your teeth are well-cared for. Another reason is infection or risk of infection that may have already afflicted a tooth or may spread to other teeth compromising your oral health or causing other health issues. 

What should I expect when I have a removed tooth?

Your dentist or oral surgeon will explain everything you need to know regarding tooth removal for your specific case. Many times, they will inject an anesthetic in the area so you do not feel pain. In some cases, they will use general anesthesia which puts you to sleep, so you are effectively asleep throughout the entire procedure. In some cases, a tooth can be removed all at once. In others, a tooth may have to be removed in pieces. 

What can I expect after I have a tooth removed?

Once your tooth has been removed, you should follow a New Hyde Park dentists’ instructions and take any medication as prescribed. For some, painkillers may be appropriate. For others, relaxing for a day or two in addition to putting ice packs on their face to reduce swelling is a tried and true method to recuperate. You should also avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for at least 24 hours. Eating soft foods is helpful in addition to regular oral care, as long as you avoid the area so it has time to heal and repair itself. 

If I’m worried about care after my tooth is removed, when should I call the dentist?

Some pain and discomfort is normal once your tooth is removed so you should not need to call the dentist for minor aches and pains. However, there are times when a call to the dentist is warranted. If you believe you have a potential infection, marked by fever and chills, persistent cough, nausea, or vomiting, you should call our office immediately as this may be a sign of a serious condition.

What do I do if I have more questions about having a tooth removed?

If you have any questions about having a tooth removal, our New Hyde Park office is here to assist you every step of the way. Call us today for an initial consultation where we can walk you through the process step by step.