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.
I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.
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