The effect of locally applied ciprofloxacin on the incidence rate of dry socket


Background: Dry socket is a common and unpleasant local complication following the extraction and surgical
removal of teeth. This study was constructed to prevent or minimize this post operative complication.
Material and Methods: 81 patients were involved in this study, divided into two groups, an experimental group: the
extraction socket was irrigated intra and immediate postoperatively with 0.5ml/ socket Ciprofloxacin, and a control
group: the extraction site was irrigated in the same manner with normal saline.
Results: A total of 5 dry sockets were developed in this study, one case in the experimental group, and four cases in
the control group. The incidence rate of dry socket in the experimental group was 2.4% while in the control group
was 10%.
Conclusion: Although the incidence rate of dry socket was reduced from 10% in the control group to 2.4% in the
experimental group, but the statistical analysis showed no significant effect for the Ciprofloxacin in the reduction of
dry socket.
Keywords: Dry socket, Ciprofloxacin, incidence, prevention. (J Bagh Coll Dentistry 2009; 21(1): 88-90)