Dry socket prevention for alveolar osteitis
Cutting-Edge Dry Socket Prevention Techniques
The most common complication that may arise from wisdom tooth removal is dry socket. Also known as alveolar osteitis, this condition can develop when the blood clot that naturally forms within the hole left from extraction becomes dislodged, or in some cases fails to develop completely. The loss or absence of the blood clot means that both the bone and nerves are left exposed, which can cause severe pain and increase risk of infection.
Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky utilize innovative technology such as advanced-platelet rich fibrin (PRF) treatments for the prevention of dry socket. This procedure creates a membrane from the patient’s own white blood cells and platelets to promote tissue growth and increase the rate of healing after a tooth extraction. Following the wisdom tooth extraction, the platelet-rich fibrin is placed in the socket not only to prevent dry socket but to also improve the body’s healing capabilities to reduce post-op discomfort, encourage a faster recovery and a lower risk of complications.
Preventing Dry Sockets
It is imperative to keep the surgical site clean and healthy during recovery to ensure the blood clot remains in place. To do so, be careful of:
- Food and drink intake: During recovery patients should focus on consuming soft foods, and avoiding food and drinks that contain sugar, caffeine, alcohol and carbonation, for at least one week. Avoid drinking from a straw as the suction could disrupt the blood clot
- Tobacco: Smoking and chewing tobacco can affect healing and have painful consequences, as it can spread bacteria to the site. To ensure a speedy and hygienic recovery, avoid all tobacco use until the site is healed
- Hygiene: Keeping the site clean can ensure a smooth recovery for patients. Wait at least x days before brushing the area, and be sure to rinse twice daily with an antibacterial mouth rinse
- Rest: Avoiding physical activity, exercising, and excessive talking or movement of the face, to allow yourself time to recuperate and heal post surgery.