Disturbed healing of a dental extraction wound can cause severe pain and can jeopardize attempts at dental implants or other treatments. The pathogenesis of disturbed healing was studied by histological examination of 221 postoperative biopsies taken for diagnostic purposes from human extraction wounds at different stages of healing. A relationship was observed between the healing stages and different disturbances such as dry socket, suppurative osteitis, necrotizing osteitis, and fibrous healing.

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