Dental Problems

Dry Socket after Tooth Extraction -Is There A Cause

Types-of-Dental-ProsthesisDry socket is an infectious condition after the removal of an infected tooth. There might be any cause for the occurrence of dry socket after tooth extraction. Read on to know more about the dry socket causes after the tooth has been pulled.

Causes of dry socket after the tooth extraction

Dental research is on to determine the exact pathogenesis associated with the formation of dry socket. However, there are several contributing risk factors that have been suggested as they seem to place the patient at a greater risk for developing a dry socket which are as follows.

  • Patients who do not follow their dentists’ postoperative instructions are at a greater risk of developing dry sockets.
  • Patients who have already been experienced dry sockets with their past tooth removals are at a higher risk for developing dry socket in future after tooth extractions.
  • Traumatic tooth extractions or removals are tend to result in the formation of dry socket.

Some of the other conditions which have been found to be causes of dry socket are listed below.

  • Patients who smoke before the recommended time, as smoking decreases healing process and blood supply to the blood clot that acts as a protective layer, brings toxic compounds to the area, puts negative pressure which leads to the removal of blood clot and injuries the area and surrounding gum tissue.
  • Sucking actions from sneezing, coughing, sucking, spitting or smoking within the first 24 -48 hours after the tooth extraction.
  • Women who take oral contraceptives are more likely to experience dry socket.

The above listed ones are some of the causes of dry socket after tooth extractions. Dry socket formation occurs when the blood clot is dislodge or dissolved from the extracted tooth area. The blood is formed after the tooth removal to protect the underneath nerves and tissues from infections. Thus, if you notice that the blood is dissolved or dislodged from its place then immediately consult your doctor. Preventive care at right time can help prevent the formation of dry socket and other infectious conditions.

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