A dry socket is a condition that occurs after tooth extraction. This complication appears when there is no proper clotting on the extracted area or when the clot is displaced.
Dry Socket Symptoms
Understanding the symptoms of dry socket will help the patient deal with them. Some of these symptoms include the following:
- Dry, bony socket. When the tooth is extracted, clotting on that area may not be completed or formed so that the dry bony socket will be exposed. This gaping hole is empty and white in color.
- Bad breath. There is a problem in the blood supply to this area. Also, the open area could be infested with microorganisms. Thus, the dry socket may cause bad breath.
- Swollen lymph nodes in neck.
- Swollen gums of adjacent teeth.
- Loss of appetite.
- Insomnia or inability to sleep.
- Pain in the jaws.
Causes of Dry Socket
- After a tooth extraction, dentists will advice the patient to keep the cotton on the extraction site for around 30 minutes. Then, this is removed and not replaced by another cotton ball. Also, the patient is advised not to spit or drink from a straw.
- If the patient does not follow advice or has clotting problems, a dry socket may occur.
- The dry socket may also be caused by:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Use of birth control pills
- Great trauma during the extraction process
Home Remedies for Dry Socket
- Remove food particles that had collected on the hole. Squirt salt water or prescription rinse unto the hole. This can be done using a syringe.
- Some herbs and medicinal remedies help promote healing. Such include clove oil, olive oil, and others.
- Hold an ice pack outside the area where the dry socket is located.
How to Prevent Dry Socket
To prevent a dry socket from occurring, try the following:
- Follow the instructions given by the dentist. There are reasons why he would advice those things – mostly, to promote clotting and easy healing.
- Keep the patient hydrated. Drink plenty of liquids but do so without irritating the extracted area. Do not use straws.