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Kelowna Dentist Tips for Avoiding Dry Socket

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Anyone who’s had a tooth extraction will likely tell you it’s not a pleasant experience. While Kelowna dentists will always try to repair a tooth rather than pull it, sometimes fixing it just isn’t an option.

When undergoing a procedure such as this, you’d expect some discomfort afterwards. However, if the pain intensifies after a couple of days, it could mean you have a condition known as dry socket.

So What Is Dry Socket Anyway?

When a Kelowna dentist extracts a tooth—or multiple teeth if you’re getting your wisdom teeth pulled—the socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth was. A blood clot usually forms over this opening to protect it from air, fluid, food and other matter that enters the mouth. In some instances, that clot dissolves or is removed, which opens the socket up to infection that can result in considerable pain—ie. dry socket.

While the majority of clients are unlikely to experience dry socket, certain factors can increase the risk:

  • Smokers: Smoking can delay healing time, as it reduces the blood supply to the socket and can prevent sufficient clotting at the extraction site.
  • Poor oral hygiene: A preexisting bacterial infection—such as periodontitis—can interfere with blood clotting. Certain bacteria will also act to break down a clot.
  • Extracting impacted wisdom teeth: Due to the traumatic nature of this procedure and the potential for damage to surrounding gum tissue, it increases the risk of dry socket.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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