March 10, 2010

Avoid Dry Socket after Tooth Extraction

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

Usually when people get a bad tooth removed, they are faced with the problem of a dry socket. After the tooth has been extracted, there remains an empty space which usually hurts. If too painful and discomforting it can also make your face swell. A dentist will usually just prescribe painkillers for this kind of a problem. Some simple home remedies can help ease out the pain.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

The simplest of all the remedies is using an ice pack. Apply an ice pack on the affected area or directly apply ice on the socket. Also one must keep the area clean to reduce the pain and avoid any kind of infections. Use a needless syringe filled with lukewarm saline water to clean the affected area. Repeat this process depending on the pain you feel. But usually it needs to be done at least twice a day. In curing dental injuries and problems, clove oil has always proved to be beneficial. Pour a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place it on the affected socket and let it stay in the mouth. Clove oil has anesthetic properties and is a natural analgesic and hence it helps reduce the pain. Repeat this process whenever required and place a new piece of cotton every time. Since clove oil has its drawbacks too, hence avoid using it for a longer period. One can also chew on a clove instead of using clove oil. To clean the area, one can always gargle with salt water. Add half a teaspoon of salt with some warm water and gargle with this mixture a few times in a day. One of the easily found antiseptic from the kitchen is turmeric. Add a pinch of turmeric powder to warm water and gargle with it frequently or apply some turmeric on a damp cotton ball and place it on the affected socket and let it stay. Massage the gums with some table salt and turmeric in some warm oil.

How to avoid Dry Socket

Avoid any food that might aggravate the situation. Avoid too cold or too hot drinks and food. It will only increase the discomfort. Avoid smoking completely till the problem is resolved. Rinse mouth only to keep it clean and do not do it continually. If there seems to be an infection or the condition gets aggravated, consult a dentist immediately. Also if the pain and swelling persists for a longer period, take medical advice and seek consultation.