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Following tooth extraction, we encourage you to protect the resulting blood clot to help the site heal. When a blood clot is dislodged, it leaves the nerves and bone exposed and vulnerable to a painful infection called dry socket. To help you identify signs of dry socket and know your treatment options, our team here in Midlothian, VA, have provided the following information:

Identifying Dry Socket
The development of severe pain can alert you to dry socket, but alternate signs of dry socket are:

– A blood clot that is missing or dislodged
– Bad breath or a bad taste that won’t go away
– Bone visible in the extraction site
– Lymph nodes in the jaw or neck that look swollen
– The presence of a fever

Treating Dry Socket
Contact our team right away for dry socket treatment instructions such as:

– Flushing food debris or bacteria from the area
– Using a medicated dressing to reduce pain and promote healing
– Taking anti-inflammatory drugs

Give Morrison Dental Group a call at 804-419-7067 today if you would speak with our dentist about dry socket in Midlothian, VA, and how it can be prevented. We are committed to helping you enjoy an optimal healing experience following tooth extraction to protect your oral health.