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How to treat a Dry Socket

Clinical diagnosis of Dry Socket or alveolar osteitis is noted if the patient complains of significant pain in the extraction site, if there was exposed bone, or if necrotic debris was present in the extraction site. The same diagnosis was given if they have generalized signs of infection such as swelling, pain, increased body temperature and/or purulent drainage in from the extraction site. A diagnosis of Dry Socket or alveolar osteitis is treated by placement of ¼” radiopaque lined gauze that contained 50% petrolatum jelly; 25% balsam of Peru; and 25% eugenol.


Dr. Charles R Bloomer

Dr. Bloomer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from McMurry University in 1976.

He has published many health related articles.

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