Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches usually self-dissolving to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will likely place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.
Our goal is to deliver caring, quality, affordable dental services while maintaining our small town values. We live here, work here and play here and we truly care about our patients as friends and neighbors.
With over 60 years of combined experience, Michael and David handle everything from very simple to very complex dental cases. The dentists and professional staff at Ridgway Family Dentistry listen to your individual needs and concerns and provide viable options for your specific situation.
Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you’ll find both useful and interesting.