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Socket Edmonton

The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for five or six days.

Some people may be more likely to get dry socket after having a tooth extracted. This includes people who:

  • Smoke
  • Have poor oral hygiene
  • Have wisdom teeth removed
  • Have greater than usual trauma during the tooth extraction surgery
  • Use contraceptive pills
  • Have a history of dry socket after having teeth extracted

Rinsing and spitting a lot or drinking through a straw after having a tooth extracted also can increase your risk of getting dry socket.

Call Lumos Dental at (780) 433-0222 to book your appointment. We are conveniently located at 205-9562 82 Ave NW in Edmonton, AB.

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