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What is a dry socket?

man after tooth extraction in charlotte nc When a tooth is removed in Charlotte, NC, bleeding occurs and eventually a clot forms to initiate healing. This blood clot is an essential part of the healing process, and if it is lost or the site becomes infected, no blood flows to the area leading to a dry socket.

Signs You May Have A Dry Socket

Other indications of dry socket are pus forming in the mouth, bad taste or bad odor. Dry socket can become very painful, and you may experience swelling and sleep loss.

Excessive rinsing or spitting, drinking through a straw, or smoking could all be causes of dry socket. It's essential to follow Dr. Harlow's post-operative instructions carefully, so you enjoy a smooth and comfortable recovery and avoid conditions like dry socket. 

When you go through a tooth extraction procedure, Dr. Harlow, your Charlotte, NC dentist, will review what to expect with you, and how to look for and prevent dry socket. If you do encounter a dry socket, it is essential to have it addressed quickly to avoid further infection. So it's crucial that you talk to a professional immediately. 

Contact Our Charlotte NC Office for Dry Socket Treatment

If you think you have a dry socket after an extraction, please call Harlow Dental at Steele Creek immediately at (704) 588-1515.

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