Following a tooth extraction, the biggest problem is the danger of infection. The blood clot that forms over the extraction site is vital to the healing process and must be treated with care. This blood clot: - Acts as a protective shield for the underlying bone and nerves - Protects the wound from food debris and bacteria - Serves as a foundation for new tissue Failure to protect the blood clot can result in dry socket which is “one of the most painful complications” of tooth extractions and your dentist will advise you on how best to protect the clot from damage. More details on post-extraction care can be found at
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