Sometimes after a dental operation there can be side effects or health consequences that you need to be aware of. One of the most common is called dry socket and will require treatment from your Central London dentist. Dry sockets occur when teeth have been extracted and blood clots form in the hole left by the missing tooth. If for any reason this clot gets washed away then it can leave the sensitive area and even the bone exposed to bacteria found in the mouth. I’m sure you don’t need to be told to imagine the wider health consequences this could have for the health of your mouth. Certain factors make patients more susceptible to dry sockets. These include smoking, diabetes and female patients who are using birth control medication.
One of the main symptoms of dry sockets is pain. This will initially occur around the area of the missing tooth but can quickly spread to other areas of the mouth if not treated quickly. This pain is often very severe and can’t be controlled with over-the-counter medication. The other main symptoms are a very bad taste in the mouth and having bad breath as a result of the infection that develops.
It is always, therefore, a good idea to keep an eye on any areas that have been the sight of a recent extraction or other dental surgery. If you suspect that you may be suffering, you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with your dentist. They will take an x-ray to examine for any signs of infection and then treat the area according to your needs.
However, the best way to avoid dry sockets is to make sure that your teeth are clean and in good condition before any kind of dental surgery. This can significantly reduce the chances of suffering.
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