For some people, having a tooth extracted is important. Necessary, even, if that single tooth is dead that will cause further infection in a person’s mouth. Other causes include wisdom tooth removal or removal of the damaged tooth.
After the extraction, people either leave it empty or buy implant replacements. But, the cost of a single implant is hard to justify for some people. Thus, they opt for the socket to not house other teeth. Now, teeth are bones and are still susceptible. Consider how raw flesh will stand to the regular activities of the mouth. More often than not, a person who will not care after a tooth socket will get a dry socket.
How It Occurs
Blood clots finds one of its beneficiary uses after the extraction. It forms around the area of the removal. Furthermore, it serves as a protective layer for the nerve endings and the remaining bone. When something displaces that coat of blood that is when dry socket happens. As a result, the person will experience intense pain because the nerves have not recovered yet.
No matter how successful a person’s tooth extraction goes, it is not a guarantee that the clot will stay. It also does not guarantee that the recovery will proceed normally. Obviously, poor oral hygiene will cause slow rehabilitation or even infection. An open wound in the mouth is very vulnerable, and keeping it squeaky clean must be consistent after a tooth removal.
As serious as tooth extraction is, it is quite simple to recover from it. By sticking to soft food, drinking copious amounts of water and taking prescribed medications, the pain will be tolerable after a few days. If the painful sensation persists, using ice packs will help. For habitual smokers, laying off the nicotine will do the open wound a big favour.
Some numbness is normal after the surgery, so is trismus. This is when patients find it challenging to open their mouths. It is also fine to experience lightheadedness, as blood sugars usually shoot down due to the fasting prior to the surgery.
As long as a patient follows instructions, dry socket is entirely preventable. When something unforeseen happens, just go back to the dentist. The last thing anyone wants is to make tooth extraction a solution to the pre-existing problem, be a cause of another one.