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Although our dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune and our staff at Barry LeJeune, DDS are dedicated to helping you keep all of your teeth, there are times when a tooth extraction may be necessary. Your tooth may be damaged by trauma or disease, or it may have to be removed because of tooth-crowding, or because of wisdom tooth complications.

If you must have a tooth extracted, you should make sure that you do what you can to prevent dry socket. After an extraction, the body protects the socket by forming a blood clot over the area. The clot will keep bacteria and infection out of the socket and protects it while it heals. If that blood clot is ruptured or removed, the bone and the nerves will be exposed. More than likely, you will be aware that this has happened since sharp pain and sensitivity are the results of a dry socket. Should you find yourself with a dry socket, contact our office and we will get you in to fix the problem as soon a possible.

However, there are steps you can take after an extraction to prevent dry socket. You should eat softer food for the first 24 hours after your procedure, and chew on the other side of your mouth from the extraction site. The idea of using a straw may sound appealing since your mouth may be a little tender, but avoid using straws for at least a week after the tooth extraction As for cleaning your teeth, you should not brush the site for 24 hours; instead just rinse the area with a mouthwash, but you can still brush your other teeth. If you use tobacco should quit for at least the first 48 hours after your extraction.

If you are experiencing a toothache or tooth sensitivity, and you live in the Hampton, Virginia area, contact our office at (757) 827-9114.