If you are having oral surgery, you’ve probably heard horror stories from people who develop dry sockets during recovery. Dry sockets occur when the delicate blood clot that forms over your extraction site is dislodged, exposing the sensitive nerve and bone underneath. While dry sockets are certainly a painful development, the good news is that in most cases, they are easily preventable. We’ve put together the following list of tips to help make your recovery as smooth as possible.
After each oral surgery, our team at Edgewater Dental Arts provides patients with clear, detailed instructions for recovery. We personalize these instructions based on our patients’ oral health and habits and the type of surgery. Follow these instructions, and you can be confident you’re protecting yourself!
Choose Soft Foods
It is important to only eat soft foods until we advise you otherwise. Harder foods can irritate your extraction site or even dislodge your blood clot and lead to a dry socket. Options like mashed potatoes, soups, applesauce, and pudding are great choices during recovery.
It is important to gently cleanse your extraction site. Sometimes, we prescribe a special rinse for our patients to use. Other times, warm saltwater does the trick. Follow the instructions we give to keep your surgical site clean and avoid infection.
Most importantly, do not use a straw until you have been cleared to do so. The suction that straws create in your mouth can easily dislodge a blood clot and lead to a dry socket. In fact, straws are one of the most common culprits for dry sockets.
If you do develop a dry socket or notice any unusual changes during your recovery, call our office right away. Our team will help diagnose the issue and provide the correct treatment to ease your pain. To ask us any questions or schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!