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Over the years Dental Surgeons have been taught not to use raw cotton wool as a pressure pack over the site of tooth extraction to achieve haemostasis. This research article presents the findings of a Dental Surgeon’s ‘compassionate use’ of raw cotton wool as a post-exodontia pressure pack and a subsequent clinical survey undertaken to evaluate those findings. In the cross-sectional comparative clinical survey, three Dental Surgeons undertook a total of 488 (four hundred and eighty-eight) simple extractions using alternately cotton gauze and raw cotton wool as pressure packs to achieve post-extraction haemostasis. Data comprising sex and age of the client, tooth extracted, number of cartridges of anaesthetic solution used, diagnosis for extraction, and post-extraction complication following use of the pressure packs were collected and analysed using the SPSS computer programme. Care was taken to eliminate confounding factors. It was further observed that under regular surgical conditions, there is no difference in effectiveness between cotton gauze and raw cotton wool when used as a pressure pack after simple tooth extraction. However, the study recommended that further research be carried out to assess the findings and the conclusions of the survey. Other incidental findings from the analysis of data collected were in consonance with the findings of other researchers.


Simple (intra-alveolar) tooth extraction post-exodontia pressure packs - cotton gauze raw cotton wool clinical survey incidental findings

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Edmund Sackey, J. ., & Sackey, E. . (2023). Cotton Wool as Post-Exodontia Pressure Pack – A Dental Surgeon’s Experience. Convergence Chronicles, 4(2), 1–9.


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