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Why Do You Have To Avoid Straws After Oral Surgery?

Posted on 10/10/2022 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Why Do You Have To Avoid Straws After Oral Surgery?Due to specific surgical procedures being less intrusive than others, the physiological reaction to removing a tooth may vary depending on the operation's specifics. However, the healing process is relatively similar from one example to the next. Due to dental surgery resulting in a wound, the body will respond the same way after any other traumatic event.

Suction is created when you drink via a straw, and this section has the potential to release this blood clot quickly. As was said before, the importance of this clot cannot be overstated since it serves two essential functions, stopping uncontrolled bleeding and avoiding dry socket.

A Straw Can Cause Damage After Tooth Extraction

The socket will begin bleeding once again if a clot is dislodged, and you may need to go to the emergency department if the bleeding does not stop on its own. If bleeding cannot be managed, you must seek medical attention immediately by calling a dentist's office or going to the emergency room.

Additionally, the blood clot prevents residual bone tissue from being contaminated by germs, preserving its integrity. This illness also referred to as alveolar osteitis, or dry socket causes excruciating discomfort and needs immediate dental treatment.

Dry sockets may take up to two weeks to heal without the use of medication or dental treatment; if you experience pain after having a tooth extracted, you should call the office as soon as possible if the discomfort continues. Dry sockets can also take up to two weeks to develop.

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