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The best thing you can do for your teeth is to keep them. Because of that, our dentist, Dr. Kevin Oakes may do everything possible to avoid an extraction. But sometimes a tooth is too damaged or diseased to save, and then it must be extracted. Normally, you should be able to recover after an extraction with no problems. However, if you aren’t careful you could end up with a case of dry socket.

After a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms in the empty socket. That socket protects the exposed jaw bone and nerve. If that blood clot is ruptured or removed, you might be at risk for an infection. And you may find yourself in an astonishing amount of discomfort. The dentist can clean and dress the socket, but the best thing to do is to avoid dry socket in the first place.

To prevent dry socket, avoid brushing the extraction site for the first 24 hours after your dental visit, although you can brush your other teeth. You can gently rinse the area with a solution of salt and water. You should stick to soft and cool foods the day of your extraction and remember to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Avoid using straws or smoking, since the suction could dislodge or rupture the clot, and tobacco use can slow the healing process.

If you have a troublesome tooth, give us a call before it becomes unbearable. If you live in the Frederick, Maryland area, you can call 301-663-5552 to plan your appointment at Dental Arts of Frederick.