Five Ways to Avoid Dry Sockets After Surgery

Recovery from oral surgery should be full of rest and relaxation. You want to give your body a chance to heal while avoiding any complications. One of the most common issues to develop during recovery are dry sockets. Dry sockets are painful complication that occurs when a blood clot over the extraction site is dislodged, exposing the sensitive bone and nerve underneath. Dr. Ding and our team have put together the following five tips to help you have a smooth recovery free of dry sockets.

1. Follow Instructions

After your surgery, our team will provide you with clear instructions for your recovery based on your procedure and your oral health history. We’ll let you know what to look out for and for any warning signs. Carefully follow our instructions and you’ll be feeling better in no time at all.

2. Softs Foods Are Key

During your initial recovery, you may not have much of an appetite. Once you are hungry, choose soft foods to avoid irritating your extraction site or dislodging a blood clot. Foods like mashed potatoes, soup, and ice cream are great options that give your body a chance to heal.

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3. Get Your Beauty Rest

After your surgery, you probably won’t feel up for much. Use your recovery time to binge-watch your favorite show or catch up on your reading list. Taking it easy is the best way to ensure that your body can heal without any setbacks.

4. Keep It Clean

Follow our instructions to gently rinse your extraction site clean and avoid any infection. Youll want to rinse as gently as possible to avoid causing an extraction site.

5. Straws Are a No-No

No matter what you do, avoid using straws until we give you the okay. Straws are one of the most common culprits behind dry sockets, as the suction can easily dislodge blood clots.

To ask our team any questions about recovery from oral surgery or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!

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