The term dry socket refers to sensation of sharp pain experienced after tooth removal. It is the consequence of formation of a blood clot which gets dissolved in the hollow cavity after tooth removal. This renders the nerve and bone vulnerable to any diet you intake and air you inhale. This condition is also known in the medical terminology as alveolar osteitis.
Causes of Dry socket
The formation of blood clot after tooth extraction is imperative for protection of the underlying nerves and bones. The dissolution of this clot leaves the sensitive nerves and bones exposed to any damage from incoming food, water and air particles. The dissolution hampers the natural healing process of teeth and consequently results in the ailment known in medical terms as alveolar osteitis. Following are the known causes of exposure of sensitive bones and nerves to threats by dissolution of blood clot:
- Bacteria trauma
It is, therefore, essential to address the aforementioned root causes of dissolution of blood clot in order to prevent this condition.
Symptoms of Dry Socket
Following are several most commonly observed symptoms in individuals suffering from this ailment:
- Experiencing of sharp tooth pain after lapse of 3-4 days of tooth removal
- Exposure of bones under gums
- Presence of an empty slot from where the tooth was removed
- Complete or partial dissolution of blood clot formed for the healing after tooth extraction
- Pain originating from the socket and extending up to eye, ear or same side of the neck as the side from where the tooth was removed
- Bad odor from mouth
- Fever characterized by high temperature
Your dietary habits and hygiene may render you more vulnerable to this affliction than other people. For example;
- If you have a poor oral hygiene and do not really brush and floss your teeth regularly, you may be at a higher risk of suffering from this disease than people with a meticulous oral hygiene.
- Chain smokers are also known to be more exposed and likely to experience this excruciating condition.
- If you are suffering from anxiety or stress during the course of your tooth removal, then you are at a higher risk of suffering from this condition
- Extraction of wisdom teeth also leaves you vulnerable to this condition
- If you are on birth control pills, then refrain from getting your tooth removed since combination of both of these is often observed to have resulted in people suffering from dry socket
- Last known reason is quite obvious. If you have had any of your tooth removed before and experienced this condition, then it is more likely than not that you’ll suffer from this condition again upon future tooth extraction.
Home Remedies for Dry Socket
You should contact your doctor as soon as you start experiencing the symptoms associated with the disease. In case, you are facing difficulties in scheduling an appointment with your doctor or cannot afford the treatment, this disease can also be treated with the help of a number of herbs and other ingredients at your home. However, it is always recommended to approach the doctor, as they are better placed to recommend an appropriate course of action depending on your specific condition and circumstances. Some of the home remedies for alleviation of pain resulting from dry socket have been detailed below:
1: Clove Oil
Clove oil is renowned for its effectiveness and potency in alleviation of pain resulting from this affliction. It is often applied directly to the affected area through a cotton swab. To minimize the sting from application of clove oil, it is often advised to dip the cotton swab in water before soaking it in clove oil. After soaking the cotton swab in clove oil, apply it on dry socket and the nearby teeth. (If you are experiencing tooth ache in them too). Repeat this application twice a day for early relief.
2: Saline water
Prepare lukewarm saline water and gargle with it several times a day for alleviation of pain from this condition.
Yogurt is renowned for its antibiotic properties and has been often utilized in treatment of dry socket. Its natural antibiotic properties make it an effective remedy for provision of early relief from the pain of dry socket.
4: Ice Pack
Application of ice packs is one of the quickest and most convenient remedies against dry socket.
It can be applied in a number of ways:
You can either wrap the ice cubes in a cloth and apply it on the affected areas for several minutes, or you can simply use cold water to get rid of this condition.
5: Cold Tea Bag
Pressing a cold tea bag on the areas affected with dry socket can help provide relief from pain. Cold tea bag works owing to presence of Tannic acid which is quite potent in alleviating the pain resulting from dry socket.
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