Dry Socket in Children: Symptoms and Treatment
Dry socket is a painful condition that can happen in your child's mouth after he or she has had a tooth removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot should form in the hole where the tooth used to be.
If this blood clot doesn't form, or doesn't remain in place, it creates an empty socket which can fill with bacteria if not treated.
Symptoms of Dry Socket
After having a tooth pulled, your child will probably experience a little pain. This pain is normal and should be easily managed with children's pain relievers (give medication only as directed by the dentist or doctor).
If your child begins to experience severe pain within a few days of having a tooth pulled, he or she could have dry socket. Signs of dry socket include:
- Empty-looking or dry socket where tooth used to be
- Visible bone in empty socket
- Pain from tooth to ear, eye, temple, or neck
- Bad breath
- Slight fever
Drinking out of straws and spitting can increase your child's chances of developing dry socket in the days after having a tooth removed. It is best to avoid giving your child drinks with straws until after the area is healed.
Dental Dry Socket Treatment
If your child develops dry socket, he or she will need to see a dentist for treatment. Treatment for dry socket typically involves pain relievers that are safe for children and a medicated gauze that fills the area where the tooth was pulled.
When you take your child to the dentist, he or she may prescribe antibiotics if there is a possibility that the dry socket becomes infected.
Bring Your Child to Kool Smiles Today
If you think your child is suffering from dry socket, contact your local Kool Smiles office. We have over 120 locations around the country and specialize in taking care of children. We accept most forms of insurance, including Medicaid, state-specific plans, and TRICARE. Call us today to make an appointment for your child.
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-socket/basics/symptoms/con-20025990