Dry Sockets after tooth extraction:
What is Dry socket?
The term “dry socket” refers to the loss of sensation in the affected area. It may occur within days or weeks following a dental procedure such as extractions, root canal procedures, crowns, bridges and other types of teeth extraction. It is usually temporary and resolves itself without any complications. However it does not mean that there are no long-term effects on your body.
How many cases of dry sockets are there after tooth extraction?
There have been several studies done on the incidence of dry sockets after tooth extraction. The results show that approximately one out of every five patients experience some degree of pain and discomfort within 24 hours after their operation. Most commonly these symptoms include burning, stinging, swelling and/or tingling sensations in the affected area. Some patients report numbness or weakness in this part of the body. Other symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
What causes dry sockets?
It is believed that the cause of dry sockets is due to a combination of factors including: 1) the type of tooth extraction; 2) the position of the mouth during surgery; 3) the duration and extent of anesthesia used during surgical procedures; 4) postoperative infection (POP); 5) improper healing from previous operations; 6) infection after dental implants.
Why do some people experience dry socket?
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