Dry Socket - Diagnosis and Management

Dry Socket – Diagnosis and Management

Dry Socket - Diagnosis and Management


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What is a Dry Socket?

Alveolar osteitis, or dry socket, is a relatively common post-extraction complication. We have discussed at length other complications associated with dental extractions here.

A dry socket occurs when a blood clot fails to form, or is dislodged/lost from the socket, following an extraction.

The post-extraction blood clot has two main purposes:

  • Protect underlying bone and nerves
  • Foundation for new bone soft tissue formation

Therefore, if a blood clot is lost, then both of these functions are not fulfilled and the patient will experience pain (as underlying structures are not protected) and delayed healing.

Aetiology of a Dry Socket

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Signs and symptoms of a Dry Socket

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Diagnosing a Dry Socket

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