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Dry sockets are rare in our practice! That being said, what is a dry socket? Who gets them? And how are they treated—or better yet, prevented?
Q: "What is a dry socket?"
A: A dry socket is a painful healing issue related to a tooth extraction. Pain usually starts to increase somewhat two to three days after the procedure. That part is actually normal. However, any dramatic increase could indicate a dry socket. Bacteria often cause the loss of the initial blood clot and expose the bone, which is obviously quite painful. Dry sockets may be mild or severe, and this increased pain can last another week or more and usually requires other treatment depending on the severity.
Q: "What Does Dry Socket Feel Like?"
A: From a patient standpoint, there is a dramatic increase in the level of pain over a 24-hour period of time. The medicines that you were taking to help you stay comfortable are no longer adequate, or you are having to take them more often than you should.
Q: "Who gets dry socket?"
A: In my experience, they occur more frequently in lower sockets and areas where the surgery has been more difficult to remove the tooth. Also in my experience, females are more prone to them—especially females who smoke and/or use birth-control pills. Other things that can promote a dry socket are:
Q: "What are treatment options for dry socket?"
A: It is better to prevent a dry socket than to treat one! Surgery in my office is always done as carefully as possible. All surgical sites are copiously washed with saline, which is the first defense against dry socket. Next, for patients who are not allergic, tetracycline powder is placed into the sockets prior to closing with sutures. Ladies are prescribed chlorhexidine rinse, which is an antibacterial rinse, which effectively helps prevent dry socket. Careful washing of the site, antibiotic powder, and chlorhexidine rinse have made recovery from wisdom teeth much easier for our patients. We also use the therapeutic (cold) laser after each removal, which helps areas to heal.
In the rare occurrence in our office that a dry socket still occurs, it usually requires local anesthesia first, to allow placement of gauze coated with a eugenol-based medicament, a substance which will sedate the bone. There are variations in the intensity of pain depending on the patient as well as their ability to tolerate treatment without local anesthesia. Treatment of dry sockets is, invariably, gently done with either no local anesthesia or local anesthesia to anesthetize the painful area. Then a sedative dressing is placed in the socket, which will stay in place for anywhere from one to three days before it's removed and possibly replaced. The placement of these dressings allow the patient to be fairly free of pain, requiring much less medication when the local anesthesia wears off. Generally, repacking with a new sedative dressing does not require the use of local anesthesia again.A dry socket will require anywhere from one to several packings until the area is comfortable enough without being retreated. A dry socket will delay the whole healing process in the area. This can require several more visits to the office (no charge) for packing changes. After the first packing, subsequent packing rarely requires administration of local anesthesia again. If a dry socket develops, the healing of that area will not start until the dry socket runs its course. All patients have my personal cell number to reach me should they need my help!
My family has know Dr. Redmon since he moved to Winchester. He has treated our whole family at one time or another. He has helped me in many ways. His caring ways and compassion is only two of his many attributes. All that has been said about him in these testimonials are very true. His staff love working with him and his patients, well what can I say, We love him too.
Years ago when I had a tooth removed I had the most painful,experience of my life. When my General Dentist advised me to have two molars on each side of my lower jaw removed I was beyond terrified. I knew that there was no way for me to undergo the procedure without some type of twilight medication. Dr Redmon is a participating provider with my dental,insurance so I called his office. I had a consult the next day. His office staff was so warm and welcoming.
New X-rays had to be taken because the ones my general dentist there were some different angles needed. That was quick and efficient and then I met with Dr.Redmon. he was so nice and explained everything clearly. He was very reassuring. After I met with him I met with the insurance claim specialist who had all the figures for costs and reimbursements clearly defined. The next morning I arrived 15 minutes prior to my appt.time and was promptly taken back into the treatment room. Dr Redmon quickly and painlessly inserted the needle to deliver the sedative and within 10 seconds I was completely out. Next thing I knew he was patting me on my shoulder and telling me I was done. Total,time start to finish about 30 minutes. Even though my husband was there Dr Redmon and a assistant walked me out to the car. My mouth was packed with gauze of course but the bleeding stopped quickly and I only needed to,replace the gauze once. Dr. Redmon gave me a prescription for a pain medication but I never needed more than a Motrin that afternoon. It has been 4 days now and except for a bit of soreness in the gum on one side of my jaw I am totally recovered. I give Dr. Redmon and his staff 5 stars and would absolutely recommend him.
I am one of those people who are absolutely terrified of dentists so calling Dr. Redmon was a real challenge for me. I did my research on him and called to make an appointment to have 2 teeth extracted. I have never felt so comfortable or had a dentist’s office treat me with such care. They made me completely relaxed and the thing that impressed me most of all was after the surgery, both Dr. Redmon and his nurse walked me to my vehicle, even though my husband was there. Dr. Redmon and his staff are the most wonderful group of people I have ever encountered and I would recommend them to anyone, especially those who are apprehensive about dentists. I give Dr. Redmon and his staff 10 stars and would not hesitate to call them again. Thank you for being such a caring group of peopl
A few years back I had a lower tooth removed. That made two that I was missing now. One on each side. I was referred to Dr. Redmon by my dentist. He told me that he was a good guy and an excellent oral surgeon. I thought that since they where in the same building that I would give him a try. Now two implant later it was the best decision I have made. They both were painless. Dr. Redmon is very gentle and a good man. Him and his staff make you welcome. You feel like you are visiting a friend. If I have to lose another tooth, I will not hesitate to call Dr. Redmon. Thank You and your staff for all your caring.
The staff and Dr. Redmon were wonderful! They explained everything to me and put me totally at ease prior to the surgery. I even received a call from Dr. Redmon later that evening checking up on me.
Dr. Redmon and his team really do go the extra mile to make their patients feel comfortable, even those with crazy needle anxiety! Wisdom tooth removal was made tolerable thanks to these fabulous people!
When I was told I had to have all my upper teeth removed because of abcesses I was scared. I got a quote from an oral surgeon, but I didn’t feel comfortable with that surgeon. My second opinion and quote was with Dr. Redmon and I am so glad I got that second opinion. It truly was a great experience and Dr Redmon and his staff are wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Dr. Redmon and his staff are the best, truly. I had a tooth pulled and an implant put in its’ place. The only pain I ever felt were the novacaine shots. Dr. Redmon is calm, cool, and friendly. He always explains what he is about to do, how it might feel, and to let him know if you are experiencing any pain. Going to his office was like going to see friends of mine. Everyone is so nice. It was sad to leave. This may seem strange but I actually hope I have the need of an oral surgeon again someday so that I can go back to him !!
Dr. Redmon and his staff were phenomenal! They did a fantastic job. From the minute I walked in there for a consult to the second that I woke up from the surgery, they took great care of me. You all are the best, thanks for your wonderful services!
Excellent Surgeon! I found Dr. Redmon to be very gentle, caring, and compassionate during the surgery that he provided in removing wisdom teeth for all 3 of my children. All had a smooth and uneventful recovery. His staff were highly knowledgeable and very helpful in filing our insurance and explaining our benefits. This office is very professional as well as friendly and I would highly recommend Dr. Redmon for any oral surgery needs that anyone may have. Thanks Dr. Redmon!
I was referred to Dr. Redmon by my dentist who was not able to numb my jaw enough to extract a tooth and thought it would require anesthesia. After an examination Dr. Redmon asked if he could try to numb the tooth before he had to anesthetized me to which I agreed. He thoroughly explained everything he was going to do. The injections were virtually painless and within 30 minutes my jaw was numb, the tooth removed and the entire procedure was over. They fully explained how to care for the extraction area and followed it all up with a phone call from Dr. Redmond himself that evening. The entire experience was very through and professional. I would gladly recommend him for anyone even a young child.
While visiting family in Charles Town, Wv, the protective cap on my new dental implant came off. With just over two days before my return flight to San Diego, Ca., I was scrambling to find a dentist to replace the cap before any damabe came to the new implant.
I found Dr. Redmon’s practice on the internet and he had great reviews. I called his office and his receptionist was able to schedule me on very short notice. Two hours later and I was sitting in the waiting room filling out the new patient questionnaire. Dr. Redmon was able to replace the protective cap even though it was a different system than the one uses. He also gave me some information and advice regarding dental implants that my dentist hadn’t given me.
Thanks to Dr. Redmon’s professionalism, knowledge and his courteous and very helpful staff, I didn’t suffer any further discomfort or lengthen the healing process of my new implant.
Great job overall! I had little pain in my mouth for the whole time. They took care of me very well and I’m impressed. Overall, outstanding job and I would recommend you all to someone that is in need of your services.
Thank GOODNESS for Dr. Redmon and his staff!!! Dr. Redmon went out of his way to be accommodating to my schedule, my budget and my fear of extractions!! I was very impressed by his knowledgeable staff and the genuine care and concern that they all seemed to have for me and my recovery. Before the anesthetic had fully worn off, Dr. Redmon was already giving me a call to check and make sure I was pain free and that if I had any issues that I should give him a call. Dr. Redmon is an amazing oral surgeon and just a really wonderful man on top of it all. If you have to have oral surgery in Winchester for ANY reason, there is nowhere else in this area I would go. I will recommend him to any one who needs similar service and I can’t say that about any other dental experience I have had. Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Redmon!!!
Dr. Redmon and his staff could not have been nicer or more professional. The oral surgery I underwent was painless, which helped as 11 teeth were extracted. Everything is healing fine and I feel that I have received exceptional care.
Thank you to Dr. Redmon and your staff for caring for me and my tooth! I want to express my gratitude to everyone. Everyone in the office functioned exceptionally well. They were compassionate and their priority was patient-centered care!
Dr. Redmon and his staff were wonderful. They took care to explain the medical procedure to me, answering any questions or concerns I had without making me feel as though I was silly for being nervous about having my wisdom teeth removed. The procedure went so smoothly and my recovery was much quicker than I had anticipated since the staff gave great direction on the keys to a smooth recovery. A very caring, friendly office with lots of experience. Thank you for making my experience a good one! 🙂