Everyday Oral Surgery

Delving into Dry Socket: Pathogenesis, Etiology, Prevention and Treatment (with Drs. Grant Stucki and Jake Stucki)

November 01, 2023 Grant Stucki - oral and maxillofacial surgeon Episode 216
Everyday Oral Surgery
Delving into Dry Socket: Pathogenesis, Etiology, Prevention and Treatment (with Drs. Grant Stucki and Jake Stucki)
Show Notes

Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a painful condition that can occur after tooth extraction. It is characterized by the partial or total loss of the blood clot that forms in the socket after tooth extraction, leading to exposure of the underlying bone and nerve endings. This condition can cause severe pain and discomfort. In this episode, we focus on the pathogenesis, etiology, prevention, and treatment of dry socket with Dr. Jake Stucki (brother of Dr. Grant Stucki), an oral maxillofacial surgery resident in Cleveland at The Case School of Dental Medicine. In our conversation, we discuss the causes of dry socket and possible prevention strategies. We delve into the role of bacteria, poor oral hygiene, surgical trauma, and smoking in its development. We also touch on medications and anatomical factors contributing to this condition, alongside valuable approaches for reducing the risk and managing dry socket. We also highlight seminal work on the subject and provide listeners with key insights from the articles to help them stay ahead of the latest research. Join us for an in-depth and engaging discussion on dry socket, and gain a wealth of knowledge with Dr. Jake Stucki!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Introduction and brief background to today’s special guest, Dr. Jake Stucki.
  • Dr. Jake Stucki provides an overview of alveolar osteitis and its symptoms.
  • Reasons why dry socket is difficult to diagnose.
  • What symptoms patients can expect when experiencing dry socket.
  • Steps to distinguish dry socket from inflammation in the socket.
  • The main causes of dry socket and how to prevent it from happening.
  • Discover the role of bacteria in the development of alveolar osteitis.
  • Explore the link between poor oral hygiene and the incidence of dry socket.
  • Learn how surgical trauma can induce the development of alveolar osteitis.
  • How the mechanical and chemical aspects of smoking can create dry socket.
  • Medications linked to higher occurrences of alveolar osteitis in patients.
  • Anatomical and age considerations for the onset of dry socket.
  • Approaches for reducing the risk of alveolar osteitis in patients.
  • Valuable insights into managing and treating dry socket.
  • Recommendations for movies, books, and more!


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Jake Stucki — https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-stucki-ab19a593/

Dr. Jake Stucki — jakestucki@gmail.com

The Case School of Dental Medicine — https://case.edu/dental/

'Alveolar Osteitis: A Review of Current Concepts’ — https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32348729/

KLS Martin — https://www.klsmartin.com/

Rick and Morty — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2861424/

Think Againhttps://www.amazon.com/Think-Again-Power-Knowing-What/dp/1984878107

Everyday Oral Surgery Website — https://www.everydayoralsurgery.com/ 

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Dr. Grant Stucki Email — grantstucki@gmail.com

Dr. Grant Stucki Phone — 720-441-6059