How to Prevent Dry Socket | Best Dentist Colombia

Dry socket is a temporary but painful complication of tooth extraction. It not only causes intense pain; it stalls the  healing process. Fortunately, it is rare, temporary, and usually preventable. Here are the causes of dry socket as  well as tips to prevent this condition after oral surgery and ensure a quick and comfortable recovery. 

What is a Dry Socket? 

When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms in the space left behind. This clot helps to block the underlying bone,  gum tissue, and nerves from bacterial infection or food debris. The clot is meant to stay in place while the  extraction site heals. In a few cases the clot may not form correctly or it becomes dislodged. This leaves the wound  exposed, a condition called alveolar osteitis, or dry socket. 

The most common sign of dry socket is a deep, throbbing pain from within the extraction area. Sometimes the  trapped food or infection creates an unpleasant odor, causing bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. If this  happens, call our office right away. 

What Causes Dry Socket?  

Developing dry socket is rare, but certain factors can put you at increased risk. Poor oral hygiene, sucking motions,  oral contraceptives, and gum infection around the extraction site are all risk factors. One of the top culprits is  smoking. Studies show that 12 percent of people who smoke after a tooth extraction will develop this condition,  compared with only 4 percent of nonsmokers.  

Why? The inhaling action can break the blood clot loose. It is also believed that the chemicals in tobacco products  can delay healing. To prevent dry socket, avoid smoking a few weeks before and after the procedure. Our dentist  can help advise you on smoking cessation steps.  

Other causes of dry socket include drinking with straws, and brushing or rinsing the extraction area vigorously  during the healing process. Follow your post-treatment instructions and contact our office if you have questions. 

Treatment of Dry Socket 

If you develop a dry socket, we can offer quick, effective treatment. Our team will flush the extraction site to  remove any debris and pack it with gauze or other dressing. We may prescribe medication to help reduce  discomfort. It is important to attend follow-up appointments to ensure your timely recovery. 

Remember that dry socket is rare, temporary, and treatable. Our experienced dental team will guide you  throughout your recovery. For more information on post-extraction care, contact our office.

Diamond Dental Studio of Columbia
Phone: (803) 738-1114
3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

How to Prevent Stained Teeth | Columbia Dentist

A bright smile means white teeth, but it is easy to stain the enamel. Prevention is the key. Here are the best ways  to avoid stained teeth.  

The most common causes of stained teeth are consuming certain foods and drinks as well as tobacco products.  Some types of stains are easier to remove than others.  

When considering foods that can stain teeth, be sure to look out for those with dark pigments. Some foods or  beverages cause stains because they contain an abundance of molecules known as chromogens. These  chromogens latch on to porous dental enamel and cause discoloration.  

Another thing to look out for is foods or beverages that are very acidic. Acidic foods and beverages can cause  staining by eroding the dental enamel. This temporarily softens teeth and makes it easier for chromogens to latch  on. 

How can you determine whether something will stain your teeth? Here’s a rule of thumb: If it stains a white  tablecloth or light-colored carpet, it is likely to discolor tooth enamel. Common culprits include red wine, tea,  coffee, cola, berries, sauces such as soy sauce, curry or tomato sauce, and sweets. Many of these foods and  beverages are good for you, so there is no need to avoid them. Instead, be sure to swish with water after  consuming, and brush and floss your teeth twice daily. Talk to our dentist about the benefits of an electric  toothbrush, which help many people clean more thoroughly. 

Another culprit that contributes to stained teeth is smoking or chewing tobacco. This type of stain is more difficult  to remove, as tar and nicotine are not easily rinsed away. Again, regular tooth brushing and flossing will help  prevent stained teeth – as will quitting tobacco, of course. 

Daily oral hygiene is a good foundation for preventing stained tooth enamel, but there are other ways to achieve a  pearly white smile. There are at-home and in-office tooth whitening systems as well as permanent options such as  veneers for teeth that are permanently stained. Talk to our dentist about the many ways you can achieve a brighter smile.

Diamond Dental Studio of Columbia
Phone: (803) 738-1114
3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

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Dr. Julia K. Mikell
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3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

(We are easy to find in Forest Acres at the corner of Harrison Rd. and Budon Ct., near the Zesto’s on Forest Drive.)

(803) 738-1114

Providing Dental Care
For Many Communities Including:

Forest Acres, Fort Jackson, Arcadia Lakes, Lake Katherine, Heathwood, Shandon, Rosewood, Downtown Columbia, Earlewood, Cottontown and the University of South Carolina

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: Closed


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