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You may have heard of dry sockets before, but do you know exactly what they are? Dry sockets often form after you have a wisdom tooth removed, but they can form after any after any tooth is extracted. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to avoid this problem.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, we recommend paying close attention to the healing process. You see, during the healing process your body will form a blood clot in the affected area. If this clot dislodges, dissolves, or doesn’t form correctly, you could find yourself coping with a dry socket. While it can be difficult to tell why your blood clot didn’t form, infections, oral contraceptives, and smoking could all be factors.

Aside from keeping your mouth clean and avoiding smoking, there are several things you might need to stay away from. For example, if you exercise too hard while your extraction site is recovering, you may accidentally dislodge your blood clot. Rinsing your mouth with water can also help your teeth, but if you rinse too hard, you might displace your clot. You should also avoid drinking from a straw.

If you’d like to learn more about caring for your tooth after an extraction or about avoiding a dry socket, please don’t hesitate to give Aesthetic Dentistry Associates a call at 281-446-4700. Dr. David Umansky and the rest of our team are eager to hear from you soon!