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If you have dry socket, then you have a painful condition that occurs when a blood clot is displaced after tooth extraction. That clot formed in the socket after your extraction and is protecting the socket from infection. Dry socket is a dangerous problem because it can leave the underlying bone and nerves exposed. When you have dry socket, it’s best to call your dentist, Dr. Linda King, and schedule an appointment. There are many things she can do to help. Those things are:

-Clean the site of the extraction and place medications in the socket to promote healing

-Prescribe a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, like aspirin or ibuprofen, to help with the pain and swelling

After your appointment, you need to make sure that you follow the dentist’s instructions carefully. It’s also important to avoid smoking, using a straw and doing other things that can delay the healing process and dislodge the blood clot once again.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to deal with dry socket in Locust Grove, Georgia, please reach out to Sweet Spot Smiles at 770-898-8872. Our dental team is happy to help you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!