Dental patients undergoing extraction of teeth may have post operative pain known as a dry socket.

Osteomyelitis, commonly known as a dry socket, is treated by dentists after the removal of single or multiple teeth.

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Severe intense mouth pain resulting from osteomyelitis, will humble the strongest individual.

A patient went to see their dentist for removal of a non-restorable infected tooth.

Abscess formation was noted with a mouth odor that was no longer manageable with proper brushing and flossing technique.

Patients leave dental offices thankful the procedure, removal of a tooth is behind them.

After the local anesthetic has worn off, the toothache pain is back with a vengeance and the patient feels worse than they did before the tooth was extracted.

Inflammatory responses of the surrounding tissue cause the dry socket.

The muscle, bone, and surrounding soft tissue are affected by the dry socket.

It is your responsibility to keep in touch with your dental team to inform the office staff of complications resulting from surgical procedures of the oral cavity.

Sitting at home waiting for the excruciating discomfort to subside causes needless pain and suffering.

The sooner the symptoms of intense pain are reported, the faster your dentist can get you back on the road to recovery.

Waiting too long to seek dental care is the main reason for dry socket.

Bacteria entering the wound also play a significant role.

Follow the instructions of the dental team, taking medication as directed.

Smoking too close to the time of the actual surgery also places a patient at risk for dry socket.

We suggest to our patients regarding smoking, wait as long as you can to smoke and if possible abstain for a twenty-four hour period.

Gauze placed over the site will help reduce chances of tar and nicotine contaminating the socket.

One of the causes of the dry socket is poor blood flow to the site. Scar tissue from the inflammation causes poor circulation in the socket vital for a good blood clot and nutrients to fight the infection.

Your pain relief visit will consist of packing a medicated gauze in the socket, generally provided in one to two visits.

Re-establishing blood flow to the socket is also a possible plan done with a light curettage of the wound under local anesthetic.

The key to getting back on the road to health and feeling better is to not be defeated by the pain.

Follow-up visits are also key even when you think they are not needed.

Emergency care may find you not at your best facing fear of the unknown.

Keeping dentists informed of symptoms gets you back on your feet after the diagnosis of a dry socket.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.      http://dentist4you.biz






An intense pain deep within the jaw that nags for several days after a tooth has been extracted is commonly known as a dry socket or osteomyelitis.
It usually occurs in the mandible and makes you feel there is still a problem even though the tooth has been extracted.
I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.
Emergency oral medicine requires that a dry socket be treated promptly in a dental office when it occurs in the oral cavity.
Osteomyelitis, commonly known to the public as a dry socket, is inflammation in the area of an infected tooth that spreads from infected skin, muscles, or tendons next to the bone.
Dentists see acute infections of the oral cavity that are treated with removal of teeth, pain pills and antibiotics.
Patients go to dental clinics for relief of pain. Fear causes the  patient with an emergency  to delay dental treatment for months.
Pain relief will drive anyone to seek care to get rid of the intense discomfort.
I have removed teeth on occasion to find the patient back within 48 hours reporting the pain has not gone away.
After further inspection of the surgical site where the tooth was removed, you may find food impaction and a dull chronic ache.
The best solution is to receive preventative care that minimizes the risk of oral infection.
For the patient who returns with a chief complaint, “my pain has not gone away even after the tooth has been removed,” the socket will be evaluated for food impaction, flushed and cleared of debris.
A curette will re-initiate bleeding to create a fresh wound. The wound will be dressed with gauze and a medication that soothes the wound up to 48 hours.
Patients that are prone to have dry sockets will inform you of previous occurrences.
From my experience the wound may need treatment up to 3 times.
Causes of the dry socket may range from cigarette smoking too soon after the extraction of a tooth. It can also be the result of poor circulation or a deficiency in the immune system.
It is better to wait until the next day or longer to re-initiate smoking.
Warm salt water rinses will keep the wound clear of food debris.
For those who experience a dry socket, osteomyelitis, reduce dental pain and suffering by returning to your dentist to continue the emergency treatment.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. http://dentist4you.biz
Reference: Health Encyclopedia, Bone Infection