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Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene on Your Body

Dry Socket? Grab a Tea Bag

Alveolar osteitis, commonly known as "dry socket" is the most common complication patients experience after tooth extraction(s), particularly wisdom teeth.  Normally, after an extraction blood clots will form in and around the hole to protect the tissue, bone, and nerves during the healing process. However, a dry socket occurs when a sufficient blood clot fails to form (due to various reasons) in and around the extraction site; thus leaving the hole open and exposed. According to WebMD, only "2% to 5% of people develop dry socket after an extraction." 
Symptoms include increasing pain 2-3 days after the extraction, halitosis (bad breath), and a lingering bad taste in the mouth. If you haven't already, immediately call your dentist or oral surgeon to report your symptoms and schedule an emergency visit. Remember, do not touch or poke the extraction site with your fingers or tongue. In the meantime, you can use the following home remedies to help reduce pain and …

Healing & Home Care After Tooth Extraction

Within our lifetime most of us have, or will, experience one or more tooth extraction(s). Extractions are not always due to tooth decay or an unhealthy mouth. Often, dentists and oral surgeons extract one or more teeth (e.g., "wisdom teeth) to treat crowding, and/or if necessary for the proper placement of braces into a patient's mouth.  After extraction a blood clot begins to form which covers and protects the extraction site. Meanwhile, it will take 3-4 weeks for your gum tissue to heal completely, and anywhere from 3-6 months for bone. However, the pain should subside within 48 hours.
In general, most extractions are routine, short-term dental procedures. However, all extractions require proper home care for optimal healing. Immediately after your procedure, the dental assistant will give you postoperative directions, answer any questions you may have, and guide you through each step. As a dental assistant, it is our job to make sure you are well-informed, and comfortable b…