Dry Socket - Prevention

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Can dry socket be prevented?

Having the wisdom teeth removed as soon as it is determined necessary by a dentist or oral surgeon is also very important. Since the presence of bacteria and infection tends to contribute to the premature destruction of the blood clot, removing impacted wisdom teeth before they get infected, inflamed, or painful will help avoid a dry socket. Waiting until they are painful or infected puts the patient at increased risk.

There is also a link to oral contraceptive use and the incidence of dry socket. The estrogen dose in birth control pills is what contributes to the destruction of the clot, so planning an extraction during days 23 through 28 of the tablet cycle will help avoid this contributing factor to a dry socket.

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Comment from: Meaghan S., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I didn't know about this dry socket problem until I experienced it myself (today), so I clearly didn't prevent very well. But, some ways to prevent a dry socket are: 1. No smoking (the sucking removes the clot). 2. No sucking from a straw 3. Trauma to your tooth prior to removal (example - my tooth cracked and had a deep cavity prior to being pulled) 4. Follow care instructions 5. Day 2 begin frequent salt water rinses. 6. Don't poke your extraction site with tongue or fingers as it can remove the clot. 7. Eat only liquids until clot is formed as getting food stuck can cause infection or remove clot.

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