ALVEOLAR OSTEITIS & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Alveolar Osteitis"?
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 & exposes the underlying nerves & bones. This causes increasing pain.
Symptoms & 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 & foul breath.
Treatment: How to Treat "Alveolar Osteitis"?
Treatment includes medicated dressings, flushing out the socket, pain medications & 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.
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 & bone fragments & traumatic tooth extraction surgery.
Dental examination & sometimes an x-ray may be required to have a definitive diagnosis. Immediate attention is important to ensure that the infection will not spread & affect surrounding areas.