What is a dry socket?

A dry socket occurs within three days after an extraction after a blood clot falls out of the socket. This leaves this the bone exposed and is very painful due to the fact that the pain receptors in the jaw bone are exposed. Without the blood clot, the socket also takes longer to heal.

To help prevent getting a dry socket avoid the following for three days after you have a tooth extracted:

  • Drinking from a straw, smoking, or any sort of “sucking” action
  • Exercise
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Swishing with water
  • Drinking carbonated beverages

What is a Dental Implant?

An implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium metal. The fixture is surgically embedded into the jaw bone and after a period of time to heal an abutment is placed. The abutment part of the implant sticks out of the gums and is attached to the fixture. Soon after a crown can be made to fit onto the abutment. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or several teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth implants can also be used to support a full bridge or denture. Dental implants allow people with missing teeth to be able to smile, speak, and chew well and comfortably.