Guidance on the management of acute dental problems from SDCEP

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The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has recently launched guidance for the management of patients with acute dental problems. The scope of the guidance is to:- Encourage a consistent approach to the management of acute dental problems to reduce avoidable variation in practice Improve the quality of unscheduled clinical care for patients with acute [read the full story…]

Moderate evidence that chlorhexidine rinse or gel provides a benefit in preventing dry socket


Teeth are extracted every day in dental surgeries throughout the world because of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Alveolar osteitis (dry socket) is a complication that can follow an extraction with estimates of its incidence ranging from <1-37.5%.  Typically a blood clot is absent in the socket and the patients have pain in and [read the full story…]

Some limited evidence to support the use of chlorhexidine to prevent dry socket


Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) socket is a painful complication of  tooth extraction that occurs in about  5%  of  extractions of permanent tooth. It is more common following the extraction of wisdom teeth. That aim of this review was to assess whether chlorhexidine, when compared to placebo and/or other interventions, reduced the incidence of alveolar osteitis [read the full story…]

Traumatic extraction carries a high risk of a painful dry socket

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Alveolar osteitis or dry socket is a common and painful complication of tooth extraction, occurring following about 5% of all tooth extractions.  The aetiology of this complication is unclear and it has been associated with a wide range of risk factors. the aim of this study was to assess the relation between 8 risk factors [read the full story…]

Topical use of chlorhexidine may prevent dry socket

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This review was first published in 2009 . The American Dental Association Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry has now published a critical summary of this review. The original review included 12 clinical trials involving 1818 patients and concluded that a twice-daily regimen of Chlorhexidine gel (0.2 percent) applied every 12 hours for seven consecutive days can [read the full story…]