Q. How to treat a dry socket that does not heal with antibiotics?

Answered by
Dr. Plessy Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 10, 2022

Hello doctor,

I had a dry socket six weeks back and had a socket scrape and took antibiotics three weeks back. But I have severe pain in the jaws and lower front teeth. In addition, I noticed swollen lymph nodes and glands in the same areas and around the back of the ear. Kindly help.



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I read your query and can understand your concern.

First of all, the diagnosis of a dry socket should be made by a dental professional. Then, proper debridement of the area with curettage should be done with a proper antibiotic course to treat it.

I hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

I was diagnosed by a dentist and had all of the above. It has been six weeks since, and still no improvement. Kindly help.



Welcome back to

I read your query and can understand your concern.

I would suggest you visit your dentist and describe the situation appropriately. You have to start an antibiotic course.

Please ensure frequent visits to your dentist every three to four days for a change of dressing.

Thank you and take care.

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