Dear Reader,

    A bone graft at the time of tooth extraction may help prevent a dry socket. The key to both a successful bone graft and extraction is a healthy amount of bleeding in the tooth socket to form a fibrin clot. In the extraction, the clot acts like a bandage. In the bone graft, it provides the mortar to hold the graft together. Overall, the graft does improve your odds of preventing a dry socket. Of course, do not smoke (if you're a smoker) for several days before or after the extraction and follow your doctor's (dentist, oral surgeon, periodontist) recommendations.

    Hope this helps,

    Steven Chamish, DDS, FIOCI, FAGD

    Does bone graft prevent dry socket?
    A bone graft after an extraction can help eliminate the chance of dry socket occurring. The bone is placed in the socket preventing the nerve endings being exposed. more
    What bone is used for dental bone graft?
    The preferred approach for dental bone grafting is to use your own bone from the hip, tibia, or back of the jaw. This is known as an autograft. Autografts are usually the “gold standard,” since they increase bony support in the jaw and promote faster healing and new bone formation. more
    Is a bone graft necessary?
    A bone graft is usually necessary after a tooth extraction since the bone can start to melt away. This can cause your facial features to sag, so a bone graft can help provide needed structure and support. more
    Is a bone graft painful?
    Most patients who receive bone grafts are completely pain-free and do just fine as long as they take the antibiotics. Your dentist also has to wait for the bone graft to fuse with the natural bones that are already in your mouth. more
    Do antibiotics prevent dry socket?
    Will antibiotics help dry socket? Researchers generally agree that bacterial infection does not “cause” dry socket, so antibiotics do not help prevent dry socket or speed up the healing process unless there's an active infection. more
    Does amoxicillin prevent dry socket?
    The most common antibiotic used to prevent dry socket is amoxicillin, but dentists may also prescribe azithromycin before a tooth extraction or apply topical clindamycin or lincomycin to the socket after a tooth extraction. more
    Does gauze prevent dry socket?
    The American Dental Association recommends you keep gauze over your extraction site for 30 to 45 minutes after surgery. This encourages a blood clot to form and can help prevent dry socket. more
    Can penicillin prevent dry socket?
    the preventive use of antibiotics, either penicillins or nitroimidazoles, does significantly reduce the risk of dry socket and/or infection in third molar extraction. more
    Do dentures prevent bone loss?
    While dentures can restore the appearance of a person's smile, they cannot help prevent jawbone deterioration. more
    Will amoxicillin prevent dry socket?
    The most common antibiotic used to prevent dry socket is amoxicillin, but dentists may also prescribe azithromycin before a tooth extraction or apply topical clindamycin or lincomycin to the socket after a tooth extraction. more
    Will antibiotics prevent dry socket?
    Will antibiotics help dry socket? Researchers generally agree that bacterial infection does not “cause” dry socket, so antibiotics do not help prevent dry socket or speed up the healing process unless there's an active infection. more

    Source: www.findatopdoc.com

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