The effect of chlorhexidine mouth washes on the incidence of dry socket following teeth extraction

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05/5/2014 10:44 AM

The effect of chlorhexidine mouth washes on the incidence of dry socket following teeth extraction



Jabbar J. Sabur, B.D.S., M.Sc.


ABSTRACT

Background: Dry socket is the most common complication in the healing of wounds following the extraction of teeth, this studywas performed to reduce the incidence of this complication.
Material and methods: 150 patients were involved in this study; they were divided into two groups, an experimental group in which the patient's mouth was rinsed with chlorhexidine gluconate 0.2% preoperativelyand postoperatively, and a control group in which the patient's mouth was rinsed with a normal saline.
Results: It had shown that the incidence was reduced from 4% in the control group to 1.3% in the experimental group.
Conclusion: Although the incidence of dry socket in this study was reduced to 1.3%, but complete prevention was difficult to obtain due to the fact that there are several factors play a role in the development of this condition. Key words: Dry socket, prevention, chlorhexidine.




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