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What is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is inflammation of the jawbone after a tooth extraction. After a tooth extraction, a blood clot usually forms as the 1st step in the healing process to protect the jawbone. When the blood clot is lost, bone can become exposed and inflamed. This may cause pain and delay the healing process.
Symptoms of Dry Socket
Dry socket symptoms usually develop 3-5 days after a tooth extraction. Patients will experience a throbbing steady pain. This pain can spread up to the ear and jawline as well. People suffering from it find it difficult to speak, sleep or do anything…..literally. Patients will usually experience a bad taste in their mouth or have bad breath.
How to Treat Dry Socket
If you suspect you have dry socket contact your dentist. Treatment usually involves symptomatic support while the socket heals. He/she may perform surgical procedures, prescribe painkillers and do what is necessary to offer relief from the pain. A dentist will try to flush the socket so that the remaining debris is cleared. The dentist may also apply anesthetic agents to numb the pain and syringe or pack the socket with medication-filled dressing.
While you are waiting to be seen by your dentist you may choose to take over the counter medications and complement the treatment by opting for natural remedies like clove oil.
Clove oil has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries to relieve tooth pain. Clove oil contains a chemical called eugenol, which acts as an anesthetic and antibacterial agent. The oil extracted from clove is strong in taste and flavor. It can kill bacterial contamination inside the mouth and help reduce the pain caused by inflammation.
Using Clove Oil to Treat Dry Socket
You should talk with the dentist about the suitability of applying clove oil to alleviate the pain and aid the healing process. If your dentist advises the treatment, make sure you use Clove Oil sparingly. It should be diluted with a carrier oil such as Coconut, Olive or Grapeseed Oil. Clove oil is very strong and can cause irritation to the gum. You can apply the diluted clove oil directly to the site using a dropper or apply it to sterile gauze and apply it the site.
How Long Does It Take Dry Socket to Heal?
Dry socket usually heals within 7 to 10 days. This is how long it takes for the new tissue to grow.
Can I prevent Dry Socket?
Dry Socket is very rare and sometimes can’t be prevented. There are some things that you can do post extraction to help aid the healing process.
Don’t Drink with a Straw
Don’t Rinse or Spit for the 1st 24 hours, then gently rinse the extraction site (vigorous rinsing and spitting may loosen blood clots)
Follow special instructions given by the dentist or oral surgeon.
May 13th, 2019 3:07 pm
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At some point in your life you will most likely need to have a tooth extracted.
Whether it is your wisdom (third molars) or another tooth it is a relatively minor procedure.
Knowing what to eat post-surgery can ease your recovery after a tooth extraction.
After your surgery it is important to eat soft nourishing food.
Over the next several days you can progress to more solid food but maintaining a healthy diet will help ease recovery.
Here are some ideas on what to eat post-surgery
After surgery, spoil yourself!
Eating ice cream after a tooth extraction is a nice treat. The first couple of days, stick to soft serve.
This soft cool sweet treat soothes the inflamed tissue and promotes a quicker healing process.
It is ok to indulge but AVOID the cone.
The hard cone can overwork the jaw and small bits can get lodged in the extraction site. This can cause irritation and infection. Don’t eat flavors with chips or chunks of food in them for at least five days into recovery.
Applesauce is smooth, sweet and contains a lot of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
These are all great reasons to include this treat to your post-surgery diet.
Applesauce also requires very little jaw movement which will aid recovery.
Bland, broth-based soups are a great introduction to your diet after a Tooth Extraction.
Soup is easy to eat and a good source of nutrients.
Make sure you enjoy the soup warm NOT Hot. Make sure you start with broth-based soups, but you can move into cream-based soups and soups with small bits 1 or 2 days after surgery.
A few good options to eat after your surgery include chicken noodle, tomato, beef broth, or cream of celery soup.
Easy to eat and full of flavor this is a great option post-surgery.
Gelatin has 2 grams of protein per half-cup serving. Protein is an essential nutrient and will help speed recovery.
A good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Potassium, Mashed Potatoes are an excellent option post-surgery. Creamy mashed potatoes are easy to eat and offer a savory, nutritious meal.
Make sure you mash the potatoes to a creamy consistency to avoid any lumps.
Loaded with calcium & protein, yogurt is another nutrient-packed post-surgery option.
The smooth consistency makes yogurt ideal. Make sure you choose an option that has doesn’t have added ingredients that need to be chewed.
Smoothies are an easy way to get nutrition into your post-surgery diet.
Yogurt, fresh, seedless fruits like bananas and protein powders will keep your smoothies healthy.
Avoid fruits with small seeds like raspberries as they can get impacted in the surgical areas, causing additional discomfort and lengthening the recovery period.
CAUTION: Don’t consume smoothies through a straw! The pressure can disrupt the healing site and lead to dry sockets.
Instant oatmeal packets offer a quick snack that is easy to eat and come in a variety of flavors. Make sure you wait until day 3 before eating oatmeal, as the wisdom teeth sockets may still be healing, and the oats may cause irritation.
Another alternative to oatmeal is instant cream of wheat or grits for a smoother consistency.
What to Avoid After a Tooth Extraction
To promote quick healing, you should avoid the following after a Tooth Extraction. Straws should never be used after an extraction. The suction can remove clots that aid in healing and lead to dry sockets, a painful side effect that sometimes occurs after surgery. Avoid acidic foods that can irritate gum tissue. Avoid oats, seeds, crunchy and hard to chew food to the first 4 – 6 days. These foods can irritate the gums and extraction site.
Gauge your return to normal foods by how your mouth feels. If it is hard to chew, don’t push yourself, but continue to eat soft foods until you can comfortably handle normal food. And be sure that you get adequate nutrition. Make sure your diet includes protein and vitamin C.
May 9th, 2019 1:12 pm
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