El Cajon CA Dentist | How to Prevent Dry Socket

Dentist in El Cajon, CA

Dentist El Cajon CA

Alveolar osteitis, more commonly known as dry socket, is a temporary complication that can occur following a tooth extraction. Fortunately, it is rare, preventable, and short-lived. Here are some tips to help avoid dry socket after oral surgery and ensure a quick and comfortable recovery.

What is Dry Socket?

When your tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms in the space left behind. This clot helps to block the underlying bone, gum tissue, and nerves from bacterial infection or food debris while the extraction site heals. In rare cases, the clot can be dislodged or not form correctly, which can leave the site exposed. This is dry socket.

The most common sign of dry socket is a throbbing, deep-set discomfort from within the extraction area. A foul smell may emanate, causing bad breath as well as an unappealing taste in your mouth. If this occurs, contact our El Cajon office right away.

Risk Factors and Prevention

Developing dry socket is rare, but certain factors can put you at increased risk. Tobacco use, oral contraceptives, poor oral hygiene, or gum infection around the extraction site can increase your chances. To prevent dry socket, avoid using straws, brushing the extraction area, or rinsing your mouth vigorously during healing. Follow your post-treatment instructions and contact our El Cajon office if you have questions.

Treatment and Recovery

If you do develop dry socket, we will provide quick, effective treatment. Our dental team will flush the area to remove any debris, and pack the extraction site with gauze or other dressing. Medication may be prescribed to help reduce discomfort. It is important to attend follow-up appointments to ensure your timely recovery.

Dry socket is rare, and is temporary and treatable when it does occur. Our experienced dental team will guide you throughout your recovery. For more information on post-extraction care, contact our El Cajon office.

Singing Hills Dentistry
Phone: (619) 670 – 5133
2990 Jamacha Rd., #140
El Cajon, CA 92019

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Dentist in El Cajon, CA

When you walk into the office of Singing Hills Dentistry - Dalia Jamma, DDS you will be immediately greeted by our friendly staff who are dedicated to making sure that you feel comfortable during your entire appointment.

2990 Jamacha Road #140,
El Cajon, CA 92019

Phone: (619) 670-5133
Fax: (619) 670-1492

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed

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