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hi I'm dr. Alec CA and today we're gonna

be talking about a very painful

complication many people suffer from

after dental extractions and that is dry

socket dry socket also known as alveolar

osteitis is a painful condition that can

happen following dental extractions it

occurs when the blood clot at the

extraction site fails to develop or

prematurely dislodges or dissolves

before healing under normal

circumstances a blood clot forms at the

extraction site this clot serves as a

protective barrier that covers the

underlying bone and nerve endings found

in the tooth socket the clot also

provides the foundation for the

generation of new bone and of soft

tissue exposure of the underlying bone

and nerves in the socket can result in

inflammation and intense pain not only

in the socket but also along the nerves

radiating to the side of the face if you

develop dry socket the pain usually

begins 24 to 72 hours following the

extraction dry socket is one of the most

common complications following dental

extractions including wisdom teeth

extraction surgeries signs and symptoms

of dry socket may include severe pain

after a tooth extraction that can

radiate exposed bone partial or total

loss of the blood clot at the extraction

site bad breath and/or a foul smell or

taste coming from your mouth

some pain and swelling is normal after

dental extractions however if it cannot

be controlled with over-the-counter pain

medications or prescription pain

medications your doctor has given you

you should see your dentist oral surgeon

causes the actual cause of dry socket is

the subject of much research some

possible causes include bacterial

contamination and/or infection of the

socket trauma at the surgical site from

a difficult extraction things to avoid

after dental extractions and factors

that can increase your risk of

developing dry socket include smoking

smoking is known to slow healing and

potentially contaminate the wound site

the act of smoking on a cigarette can

also dislodge the blood clot spitting

rinsing drinking through a straw 24 to

48 hours after the extraction can also

dislodge the blood clot continuously and

frequently replacing gauze

which pulls out blood clots prematurely

tooth or gum infections current

infections around the extraction site

increases the risk of dry socket avoid

strenuous activities for a day after the

extraction soft diet for at least a day

after the procedure gentle rinsing only

after 24 hours with warm saltwater

complications of dry socket dry socket

rarely results in infection or serious

complications however potential

complications may include delayed

healing of or infection in the socket or

progression to chronic bone infection

called osteomyelitis so I hope you liked

that video if you or anyone you know is

suffering from dry socket or any other

Dale emergency please call the number

below or visit us at smiles dental group