Dry Socket Prevention

Alveolar osteitis, or dry socket, is a rare but painful condition that can occur following a tooth extraction, particularly if an impacted wisdom tooth must be removed from the underlying bone. The condition occurs when a blood clot does not form, leaving the empty socket unprotected and exposing the bone and nerve underneath. If the blood clot fails to form or becomes dislodged, the exposed area can become infected and painful.

While it is safe to say that most people do not look forward to their annual dental visits, there are those who put off routine dental care for years, fearing the prospect of periodontal surgery and long, painful recovery times or rare complications, such as dry sockets.  At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy in Los Angeles, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky offer only the most state-of-the-art periodontal treatments and IV sedation therapy that not only dramatically improve recovery times, but also reduces the risk of complications, ensuring an efficient, painless visit.

There is no need to live in fear of dentists and periodontists! Contact our center in Los Angeles today at (310) 299-8329 to schedule a consultation and to learn more about achieving a healthy, confident smile.

Ensuring a Painless, Relaxing Procedure

Our Los Angeles periodontists understand that many people experience dental fear and anxiety, particularly when facing a procedure such as a tooth extraction, gum graft or dry socket prevention. In order to help our patients feel comfortable and relaxed, we offer IV sedation therapy to administer a sedative medication through a vein in the patient’s hand or elbow.

The IV sedation does not put patients to sleep, but allows them to relax completely while still being able to listen and follow the doctor’s instructions. In addition to ensuring a pain-free experience, IV sedation therapy also allows Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky in Los Angeles to conduct a procedure in a shorter amount of time!

Who is At-Risk?

Only a very small percentage of people will develop the painful symptoms of dry socket after a tooth is pulled, which includes bad breath (halitosis), foul taste, and pain that may radiate from the extraction site toward the ear. The following factors can increase the chances of developing alveolar osteitis/dry socket:

  • Having bilateral impacted mandibular molar extraction (impacted wisdom tooth surgery)
  • Smoking
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Pre-existing gingivitis or periodontitis

It is important to discuss any health issues or concerns with your periodontist prior to any surgical procedure to ensure a safe and effective procedure.

Effective Prevention for Dry Socket

The CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy in Los Angeles is proud to offer advanced platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to help prevent conditions such as dry socket. Dr. Aalam is one of the first periodontists in the United States to have thorough training and practice in performing the PRF treatment.

Using the patient’s blood, our expert LA periodontists are able to create protective membranes comprised of a concentration of white blood cells and platelets that have been separated from the red blood cells when placed in a centrifuge. The membranes are then applied directly to the extraction site where, they will promote tissue growth and accelerate the body’s ability to heal without complication, limiting the chances of a dry socket occurring.

When applied after tooth extraction or other surgical procedures, the CENTER’s patients have enjoyed quicker recovery times with a significantly decreased risk of developing dry socket in the first place.

One of the most common causes of dry sockets is wisdom tooth removal, which can lead to the loss of the needed blood clot and exposure of bone and nerve within the hole left by extraction. As countless people undergo removal of one or more wisdom teeth every year, the risk of dry socket affects people of every age year round. However, our experienced wisdom teeth dental extraction procedures and use of PRF treatments combine to greatly lessen the chance of suffering from a dry socket and promote fast and complete healing after a procedure.

Platelet-Rich Fibrin Before and After

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Extraction Socket After the Tooth is Pulled

Brentwood Platelet Rich Fibrin Gum Treatment

PRF Placed in the Extraction Socket

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Socket Healed After Only a Few Weeks


Learn more about dry socket prevention from WebMD.com.

Contact Us Today to Learn More About Dry Socket Prevention

Board-certified periodontists Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky in Los Angeles proudly offer advanced platelet-rich fibrin and IV sedation to help prevent and treat even uncommon conditions such as dry socket. To learn more about our innovative periodontal procedures in Los Angeles and how we may help you achieve a healthy smile, call (310) 299-8329 and schedule a consultation today.

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