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Have you ever heard of dry socket? Dry socket is a rare condition that occurs in only 2-5% of patients who get a tooth extraction. It can be pretty painful, but with the proper care, a full recovery is easily achievable.

The socket is that breach formed in the jawbone left behind when a tooth is extracted. To heal, a blood clot will form to cover the socket and guard the bone and nerves underneath. When the clot is dislodged or dissolves, these sensitive biological parts are left exposed, placing the mouth at risk for infection and severe pain.

If you are prepping for a tooth extraction, here are some things you can do to lower your chances of dry socket:

-Avoid any form of tobacco before the procedure.
-If you take birth control, book the procedure on a day when you’re taking your estrogen is low.
-Check with your doctor to see if any of your medications may interfere with blood clotting.
-Evade drinking through a straw following the extraction.
-Stay away from rinsing your mouth excessively or spitting a lot.

Do you already have dry socket? Dr. James D. Schuette and our expert team can help. We will cleanse the socket and plug it with a special paste or dressing. You may need to return to the office every once in awhile until it closes completely for treatment. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to avert infection or use a special mouth rinse.

Do you have any questions? Please call James D. Schuette. DDS. in Lee’s Summit, Missouri at 816-554-7656. We’re more than happy to help.