Gerald S. Fine, D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
We are committed to professional as well as patient education and have made available on our web site a number of frequently asked questions. Click topics below for answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions:
A "dry socket" occurs when the blood clot is lost from the extraction site prematurely. Basically, the blood clot in the socket serves the same two functions as a "scab" on the cut skin surface. First, it assists in the cessation of bleeding, and secondly, it protects underlying structures during the healing process.
When the blood clot is lost before the underlying structure has had time to heal, bone is exposed to the environment along with fine nerve endings. This is an exquisitely painful, but otherwise relatively harmless situation. There are packing materials, which the oral surgeon can place to help ease, the discomfort both by physically blocking the wound and by the action of the packing medication on the nerve endings. Generally, patients return to have the packings changed every day or two and most patients do not require more than 2 or 3 dressing changes. Some patients require no dressing changes: some may require 4 or 5 changes.
There are some activities which increase the propensity for a "dry socket" formation.Smoking, drinking carbonated beverages during the first 24 hours, spiting, or rinsing frequently, frequent changing of the gauze, women on birth control pills, and the surgical removal of teeth, especially previously root canalled teeth.
You can have a TM disorder for a long time without realizing it. That's because some of the symptoms, such as worn teeth or headaches, may seem unrelated to your jaw joints and muscles. Is a TM disorder causing you problems? Begin to find out by asking yourself these questions.
The more times you answered "yes", the more likely it is that you have a TM disorder. Understanding TM disorders will also help you understand how they're treated.