Emergency dry socket treatment appointment near King's Cross
If you’ve had a dental extraction recently and are experiencing pain or discomfort a few days after the procedure, there’s a high likelihood that you have developed a dry socket.
Immediate dental appointment and treatment of the dry socket are essential to your oral and overall health. If left untreated, the condition can cause severe inflammation, gum and bone loss, intense pain, and worsening of your general health with flu-like symptoms.
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Dry socket: why does it occur and how is it diagnosed?
What is a dry socket?
After a tooth extraction is carried out, blood would typically form a clot which allows the wound to heal. Some pre-existing medical conditions or life choices (such as smoking) can prevent the blood clot from developing, leaving a hole where the tooth used to be. This is the condition known as dry socket.
Please remember that dry sockets are highly unlikely to heal on their own. The condition can be exceptionally painful and can cause severe inflammation.
How is it diagnosed?
Strong pain that won’t go away more than 24h after a dental extraction is typically the first indicator that a dry socket may be forming. Unpleasant smell and red and swollen gums can also be an indicator. To confirm the diagnosis the dentist will carry out a check-up. A dental X-ray may be needed to confirm that you’re not suffering from a bone infection and that a part of the extracted tooth hasn’t remained inside the gums.
What is the treatment for a dry socket?
Flushing the socket
Cleaning the location and ensuring that there are no food particles and other debris is an essential first step. Food remains may be the cause of the dry socket and merely removing those could allow the body to heal.
Administering antiseptic medication or the appropriate oral gel directly into the socket may help relieve your pain almost instantly. The medicine will also help the wound heal faster.
The dentist may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller or an anti-inflammatory drug. If the inflammation is severe, antibiotics may be prescribed.
Despite the almost instant relief that you will receive during your dental appointment, your dry socket can take up to two weeks to heal completely. During this time (and particularly the first few days) you are to avoid drinking through a straw and maintain excellent oral hygiene, with regular rinsing with warm saltwater.
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