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Contemp Clin Dent. 2013 Jan;4(1):37-41. doi: 10.4103/0976-237X.111592.

Comparative evaluation of zinc oxide eugenol versus gelatin sponge soaked in plasma rich in growth factor in the treatment of dry socket: An initial study.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, KGMU,Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.



The aim of this study was to report a comparison between the zinc oxide eugenol dressing and plasma rich in growth factor (PRGF) with gelatin sponge in the treatment of dry socket.


This study comprised of 45 patients of dry socket in the span of one year. The patients were randomly divided into three groups on the basis of treatments: Group A (PRGF with gelatin sponge), group B (zinc oxide eugenol group), and group C (irrigation with sterile saline only). The clinical progress was noted at 1(st), 2(nd), 3(rd), 7(th), and 15(th) day after the treatment.


Patient's healing was better in group A than in group B but symptomatic pain relief was faster in group B. Group C fared worst in both aspects.


We conclude that PRGF with gelatin sponge might be a treatment of choice in the management of dry socket.


Alveolitis; gelatin sponge; plasma rich in growth factor

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