Article: Volume 48 Number 4 Page 299 - April 2021

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Oral surgery:  Alveogyl: foreign body reaction

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Abstract: Alveolar osteitis (AO) is a painful complication experienced by approximately 3–4% of patients who have undergone a dental extraction. A frequently used intra-alveolar dressing material, such as Alveogyl is commonly used to treat sockets where a diagnosis of AO is made. However, unexpected problems may be encountered by the dentist when using such materials and this article explores a case where a diagnosis of a foreign body reaction to Alveogyl was identified in a symptomatic patient with no overt clinical or radiographical signs.

Clinical relevance: Dental professionals should be aware of the possible complications with the use of Alveogyl in the treatment of alveolar osteitis, in particular foreign body reactions.

Author notes: Sandeep Joshi, BDS (Manc), MFDS RCS (Edin), Dental Core Trainee, Eastman Dental Hospital, London. Clare Steel, BDS (Manc), MFDS RCS (Edin), M Oral Surg RCS (Eng), PGCert MedEd (Newc), Consultant in Oral Surgery, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Josiah Eyeson, PhD, FDSRCS(Eng), FDS(OS) FHEA, Consultant in Oral Surgery, Eastman Dental Hospital, London. email:

Objective: The reader should understand the implications of using intra-alveolar medicaments, such as Alveogyl, in the treatment of alveolar osteitis.