What is a dry socket and how to treat it?

Painful Dry Socket

Dry socket is a painful dental condition that can occur after a tooth extraction. It is caused by a dislodgement of the blood clot that normally forms at the extraction site, exposing the underlying bone and nerves. Signs and symptoms of dry socket include severe pain that begins a few days after the extraction, radiating to the jaw and ear, bad breath, and an empty-looking socket. Risk factors for developing dry socket include smoking, using birth control pills, having a difficult or traumatic extraction, or having a history of dry socket.

Treatment for dry socket typically involves cleaning the socket and placing a medicated dressing in the socket to help promote healing and relieve pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may also be used to manage pain. Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection present.  If you are a patient of Johnson Oral Facial Surgery and feel like you have a dry socket call our office so we can help.

Johnson Oral Facial Surgery helps decrease the incidence of dry sockets by drawing our patient's blood and spinning it in a special centrifuge to create prf (platelet rich fibrin).  This prf helps decrease the incidence of dry sockets by eliminating the dead space and providing a concentration of growth factors and proteins to help heal the area faster and more efficiently. 


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