Alveolar Osteitis

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Definition

Alveolar osteitis or dry socket is a type of dental condition that typically occurs when the blood clots at the area where an extracted tooth is dislodged, and exposes the underlying nerves and bones. This causes increasing pain.

Diagnosis

Dental examination and sometimes an x-ray may be required to have a definitive diagnosis. Immediate attention is important to ensure that the infection will not spread and affect surrounding areas.

Treatment

Treatment includes medicated dressings, flushing out the socket, pain medications and self-care treatments. A dentist should be consulted first to ensure proper medication is administered. In severe cases, a surgery may be required especially if it involves infection.

Symptoms and Signs

Dry socket is a dental condition that sometimes happens after a tooth extraction. Among the symptoms include visible bone in the socket, pain that radiates from the socket, unpleasant taste in the mouth, swollen lymph nodes, and foul breath.

Causes

The cause of the alveolar osteitis is a blood clot that forms at the site of the tooth extraction. Other causes include possible bacterial contamination of the socket, roots and bone fragments and traumatic tooth extraction surgery.

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