Dry Socket Symptoms
It is important to be aware of dry socket symptoms. It is even more important to follow your post operative care instructions to help avoid dry socket all together. Dry socket is a complication that can occur after a tooth extraction. It is seen more often after a wisdom tooth extraction, due largely to the fact that wisdom tooth extractions are often quite complicated.
Dry Socket Symptoms include:
- Pain at the extraction site
- Bad Breath
- Ear Pain
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Extraction site appears dry
Pain is one of the most common dry socket symptoms. In fact this will generally be the first sign that something is wrong, as well as the most obvious. If dry socket does occur it will happen several days after the surgery. Dry socket is caused by the socket not healing properly because of a lack of blood reaching the extraction site. This can cause terrible pain. The best way to deal with it is to take pain medication and let the would heal on it’s own, making sure to get plenty of nourishment.
Other dry socket symptoms include halitosis (bad breath) and a bad taste in the mouth. While annoying these are obviously less significant than the pain caused by dry socket. Dry socket can sometimes cause ear pain as well. If a patient already has an underlying TMJ problem, other TMJ symptoms problems can develop. To avoid dry socket it is important not to do anything to dislodge the clot that is forming. Do not drink through a straw or spit too hard.
The dentists at the Atlanta Dental Group PC try hard to make the removal of teeth as gently as possible. If you have dry socket symptoms and would like to consult with our Atlanta Dentist feel free to give us a call. The Atlanta Dental Group PC has over 45 years combined experience serving Atlanta’s dental needs. Our dentists are dedicated to their patients’ good health and well being. You are welcome to join our family of patients. If you would like to schedule a dental consultation with our Atlanta dentist, Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky, call 404-874-7428 to make an appointment.