Assessment of Incidence and Risk Factors of Dry Socket

  • Sudhir Kumar Government Dentist, DMFT, Jharkhand, India.
  • Rohit Goyal Professor & HOD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, MGSDC, Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, India.
  • Sanjana Arora Senior Lecturer, National Dental College and Hospital, Dera Bassi, Punjab, India.
  • Kumari Kusum BDS Student, MGSDC, Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, India.
Keywords: Dry Socket, Risk Factors.


Background: Alveolar osteitis (AO) is one of the extractions wound healing disorder. Most authors agree that surgical trauma and difficulty of surgery play a significant role in the development of AO. Hence, under the light of above-mentioned data, the present study was undertaken for assessing the incidence and risk factors of dry socket.

Materials & Methods: A total of 200 subjects scheduled to undergo dental extraction procedures under local anesthesia were included in the present study. Complete demographic and clinical details of all the patients were obtained. All the procedures were carried out under the hands of experienced surgeons. Follow-up was done and incidence of dry socket was recorded.

Results: Overall, incidence of dry socket in the present study was 17.5 percent. Positive tobacco smoking/chewing habit, Oral contraceptives, Female gender, Existing tooth/gum infection, Past history of dry socket, Traumatic extraction and Mandibular molar extraction were the risk factors in 62.85 %, 34.28 %, 71.42 %, 14.28 %, 25.71 %, 42.85 % and 54.28 % of the patients.

Conclusion: Dry socket is a commonly encountered phenomenon and can occur the under the hands of skilled and experienced oral surgeons also. Hence, early recognition is necessary.


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Kumar S, Goyal R, Arora S, Kusum K. Assessment of Incidence and Risk Factors of Dry Socket. Int Arch BioMed Clin Res [Internet]. 2022May11 [cited 2023May30];8(1):DS1-DS3. Available from: