Preventing a Dry Socket
Prevention is always the best medicine. There are steps you and your dentist can take (before and after surgery) to help you avoid a painful dry socket.
A 2017 review warns that smoking and using tobacco products increases your risk of developing a dry socket. Stop smoking before your surgery, and don't smoke for at least 24 to 48 hours after your tooth extraction. The JCDA recommends abstaining from smoking for six weeks after surgery.
Inform your dentist about any of your medications that might interfere with normal blood clotting, whether over-the-counter, prescription, or supplements. If you use oral contraceptives, keep in mind that estrogen may disrupt the clotting process.
Now that you understand the fragile healing process after an extraction, you can take precautions to avoid complications. If you experience any pain after a tooth extraction, call your dentist or oral surgeon right away. A packing of dry socket paste can ease your discomfort and put you on the road to recovery.