Journal of Applied Dental
and Medical Sciences
Journal of Applied Dental and Medical Sciences is A Quarterly Published


Prevalence Of Dry Socket After Extraction Of Permanent Teeth At Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Alburayk, Mohammed Bindakhil, Abdulrahman Alkhunaizan, Fasial Alghamdi,
Saeed Alshahrani, Zuhair Moosa


Aim: To investigate the incidence of dry socket and its correlation to systemic factor in Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Methods: This retrospective study carried out in the dental clinics of Riyadh Elm University and on patients who had extractions of their tooth/teeth from December 2016 to November 2017. The following data and were recorded and analyzed : total number of permanent teeth extracted, total number of patients of dry sockets encountered, and type of extraction and associated risk factors such as contraception and systemic illnesses. Results: Of the 2370 number of teeth extracted, 39 (1.7%) extractions were complicated by dry socket. Most of dry socket cases occurred among female patients (n=22, 56.4%) and in the mandibular teeth extraction (n=24, 61.5%). The mandibular first molar (n=12, 30.8%) had highest incidence of dry socket occurrence. Advanced dental caries was the reason for extractions of most (n=34, 87.2%) of cases of dry socket. The majority of the cases affected dry sockets were irrigated with normal saline and Alvogyl packing were used on (n=27, 69.2%). Conclusion: The prevalence of dry socket after tooth extraction in Riyadh Elm University dental clinics was 1.7%. Atraumatic techniques, aseptic procedures, surgeon’s skills, and good oral hygiene can lower the prevalence of dry socket.

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