Drysocket or also known as alveolarosteitis is aÂ common complication occurring after theÂ extraction of a permanent teethÂ especially the lower wisdom teeth. The term â€˜alveolarâ€™ refers to the jawbone that supports teeth while â€˜osteitisâ€™ refers to the inflammation of the bone associated with the extraction socket.
The conditionÂ has generally been characterized by degraded orÂ delayed healing associated withÂ breakdown or dislodgement of the blood clot in the extraction socket. It is usually accompanied by persistent, radiating pain in and around the extraction siteÂ within a fewÂ days after extractionÂ that is notÂ easily relieved by pain killers. The premature loss or breakdownÂ of the blood clotÂ is accompanied byÂ exposure of the underlying bone. Continue reading →
The effect of muscle action on the fracture fragments is important in classification of mandibular angle and body fractures. Angle fractures may be classified as (1) vertically favorable or unfavorable and (2) horizontally favorable or unfavorable. The muscles attached to the ramus (masseter, temporal, medial pterygoid) pull the proximal segment upward and medially and the symphysis of the mandible is displaced inferiorly and posteriorly by the pull of the digastric, geniohyoid, and genioglossus muscles. Continue reading →
Root canal treatment (RCT) is a procedure whereby the pulp of the tooth is extirpated, and filled with suitable filling materials to replace the pulp. It is also known as endodontic therapy, and the sole purpose for endodontic therapy is toremove all the inflamed and necrotic tissues in the pulp, as well as the bacterial component, making the pulp and the root canals of the tooth as clean as possible. Continue reading →