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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2010, Article ID 479306, 4 pages
Case Report

Case Report: Late Complication of a Dry Socket Treatment

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Zacamil National Hospital, Evangelical University of El Salvador, San Salvador 00106-8000, El Salvador
2Faculty of dentistry, Latin American University, 03100 Mexico City, Mexico

Received 21 October 2010; Accepted 17 December 2010

Academic Editor: J. D. Eick

Copyright © 2010 Ramón Manuel Alemán Navas and María Guadalupe Martínez Mendoza. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Dry socket is often treated in dentistry with intra-alveolar dressings; the use of them remains controversial and has been related to some side effects such as neuritis, foreign body reactions, and myospherulosis. We present a case of an intra-alveolar dressing (zinc-oxide eugenol paste) that mimicked a trigeminal neuralgia for 3 years and caused a right maxillary chronic osteomyelitis and foreign body reaction in a zone corresponding to the alveolus of the maxillary first molar. This long-term complication was successfully managed by complete removal of the foreign body and curettage of the affected area.