Is It Possible to Prevent Dry Socket?

Q:
Is it possible to prevent dry socket?

A:
The prevention of developing a dry socket may be influenced by the methods used by the dentist or surgeon performing the tooth extraction.

Such preventive methods include:

  • Placement of a packing with antibiotic at surgery;
  • Placement of sutures to protect the blood clot.

After extraction, a few daily habits should be avoided:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking with a straw
  • Vigorous spitting or rinsing
  • Performing this procedure during the menstrual period

In addition, several things that you should do are as follows:

  • Have a soft diet
  • Keep the area as clean as possible with gentle rinsing
  • Follow any special instructions given by the dentist or surgeon in caring for the extraction site at home.

Please consult your doctor for more information.

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