Alveolitis Sicca Dolorosa; Alveolalgia; Postoperative Osteitis; Localized Acute Alveolar Osteomyelitis; Alveolar Osteitis
The most common complication in the healing of human tooth extraction is that condition commonly known as a “dry socket.” The “dry socket” is a localized osteomyelitis in which the blood clot in the post tooth extraction site has disintegrated or been lost, with the production of a foul odor and severe pain. The condition derives its name from the fact that after the clot is lost the socket has a dry appearance because of the exposed bone.
The “dry socket” is extremely painful and is usually treated by the insertion of a medicated packing material. The exposed bone is necrotic. The healing of such infected wounds is extremely slow, and little can be done for the patient other than to relieve the pain.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A