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You may have heard of dry sockets before, but do you know exactly what they are? Dry sockets often form after you have a wisdom tooth removed, but they can form after any after any tooth is extracted. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to avoid this problem.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, we recommend paying close attention to the healing process. You see, during the healing process your body will form a blood clot in the affected area. If this clot dislodges, dissolves, or doesn’t form correctly, you could find yourself coping with a dry socket. While it can be difficult to tell why your blood clot didn’t form, infections, oral contraceptives, and smoking could all be factors.

However, there are many other things you should contemplate doing. For instance, while you’re recovering, you should rinse your mouth out gently to keep the extraction site clean. While you’re rinsing your mouth, swish gently or you could unintentionally dislodge the blood clot. Also, please don’t exercise too intensively until your mouth heals. Drinking from a straw could also cause a number of problems.

If you’d like to learn more about caring for your tooth after an extraction or about avoiding a dry socket, please don’t hesitate to give Urquiola Dental Center PC a call at 734-973-7450. Dr. Nancy Urquiola and the rest of our team are eager to hear from you soon!