A postoperative complication of tooth extraction in which the blood clot in the socket disintegrates, resulting in focal osteomyelitis and severe pain. SYN: alveolalgia, alveolar osteitis, dry socket. [alveolus + G. algos, pain]

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Osteitis — is inflammation of the bone. For example, patients with what is called the SAPHO syndrome develop osteitis the O in SAPHO stands for oteitis and the bone inflammation typically affects the sacroiliac joints (sacroiliitis) and the spine… …   Medical dictionary

  • alveolalgia — SYN: alveoalgia. * * * al·veo·lal·gia (al″ve o lalґjə) [alveolo + algia] pain in a dental alveolus, such as after tooth extraction. See also dry socket, under socket …   Medical dictionary

  • socket — SYN: gomphosis. 1. The hollow part of a joint; the excavation in one bone of a joint which receives the articular end of the other bone. 2. Any hollow or concavity into which another part …   Medical dictionary

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