Davis Dental Care
Hans Smith, DMD

Had an Extraction? How to Avoid Dry Socket

Most dental extractions heal without incident, but sometimes a painful condition called dry socket can occur if you do not take proper care of your gums after your surgery.

When you have a dental extraction in our Layton, UT dental office, we will provide you with specific instructions to help you heal quickly and comfortably.

Here Are Some Tips to Avoid Dry Socket

No one wants a painful condition, especially after surgery. Here are a few ways you can avoid dry socket.

Don’t Smoke for 48 Hours after Surgery

The suction from smoking can dislodge the necessary healing tissue from your surgical site. This is one of the most common ways patients develop dry socket. We know it’s tough not to smoke, but it really is the best way to stay comfortable and heal properly.

Don’t Drink through a Straw

Who doesn’t want a delicious milkshake after surgery? You don’t need an excuse! Just enjoy it by drinking out of the side of the cup or eat it with a spoon if it’s extra thick. Like smoking, a straw can dislodge the blood clot that helps your extraction site heal.

Avoid Foods That Leave Behind Residue

Popcorn, cookies, and chips can leave behind food particles that lodge inside your socket and cause irritation, bad breath, and infection. Stick to softer foods that easily rinse away with a warm saltwater gargle after you eat.

Rinse Gently with Salt and Warm Water

It’s important not to use any high-pressure device to clean your socket during the healing process. Instead, treat your healing area gently by rinsing with warm saltwater several times a day to keep the area clean and free of bacteria.

Don’t Touch the Healing Area

Though you might be tempted, don’t touch the area with your fingers or toothbrush. It may disrupt the healing process and spread bacteria into the site.

Avoid Carbonated Drinks

The carbonation in soda and seltzer is too disruptive for such a sensitive area. Stick to still beverages for a few days after your treatment.

As always, if you ever have a question, we are here to help! Just give us a call.

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