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You probably know that our team will do what we can to preserve your natural teeth. However, there are instances that extracting, or removing a tooth, is the best option for your oral health. Of course, there are options for replacing a missing tooth, but did you know that if you don’t care for an extraction site well, you could ultimately have to deal with a painful dry socket?

If you need to have a tooth extracted, we recommend paying close attention to the healing process. You see, during the healing process your body will form a blood clot in the affected area. If this clot dislodges, dissolves, or doesn’t form correctly, you could find yourself coping with a dry socket. While it can be difficult to tell why your blood clot didn’t form, infections, oral contraceptives, and smoking could all be factors.

There are a number of things you can do to prevent dry sockets from forming. For example, please refrain from exercising too vigorously while your mouth heals. You should also remember to gently rinse out your mouth after your procedure. If you swish too forcefully, you could dislodge your clot. Finally, please remember to avoid sucking through a straw and smoking.

If you’d like to learn more about caring for your tooth after an extraction or about avoiding a dry socket, please don’t hesitate to give Virginia Dental Group a call at 703-385-3800. Dr. Lida M. Vargas and the rest of our team are eager to hear from you soon!