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What are the risks of dry socket after the extraction of a tooth?

Dry socket is a common complication following tooth extraction. It occurs when the blood clot that forms in the socket after the tooth is extracted fails to develop correctly. This can expose the underlying bone and nerves, which can be extremely painful. The providers at Park View Pediatric Dentistry in New York, NY, can educate parents and children on the risks associated with dry socket and what to look for.

What might cause me to experience complications such as dry socket?

A few things may increase your risk of developing dry socket. These include smoking, having a history of dry socket, or having a complicated extraction. If you are concerned about developing dry socket, be sure to talk to your dentist or oral surgeon before having a tooth extracted.

What are the symptoms of dry socket after dental extractions have occurred?

The most common and noticeable signs that dry socket has developed include:

  • Pain in the socket that increases over time
  • Redness and swelling in the socket
  • Bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty eating or drinking

What can I do if dry socket develops?

If you develop a dry socket, treatments can help relieve the pain and promote healing. These include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication: ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Prescription pain medication: your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe stronger pain medication if over-the-counter options are ineffective.
  • Antibiotics: if there is an infection, antibiotics may be necessary.
  • Surgical dressing: a medicated dressing placed in the socket can promote healing and provide relief from pain.

Do you believe dry socket may have developed?

If you think you may have developed dry socket, it is incredibly important that you contact your dentist at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to assess the situation and provide appropriate treatment. Our professionals are available to provide the care you need for a healthy smile and avoid complications from standard procedures. Call 212-879-6518 to request an appointment at the New York, NY area office.

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