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Dry socket is a painful problem that can occur after a tooth has been pulled. It generally happens when you use a straw, spit frequently, have poor oral hygiene, or smoke. It’s best to avoid having dry socket as much as possible because it delays your healing process and it also causes major pain and discomfort.

However, dry socket does occur at times. So, if you ever experience this dental problem, it’s best to contact your dentist, Dr. , as soon as possible and seek treatment. Treatment should include the following steps:

-Your dentist will clean the area of your mouth where your tooth was extracted. Then, he will place a medicated dressing in the socket.

-You will need to change the medicated dressing daily until the socket begins to heal and the pain disappears.

-Your dentist will prescribe a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, to help you receive the comfort you deserve.

-Please do not use tobacco products during the healing process.

To learn more about the ways to fix a dry socket in Houston, Texas, please feel free to call Smiley Dental Houston at 713.936.1923 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the tips and information you need to succeed!