I had a back molar removed weeks ago and developed a small irritation on the side of my gum. The dentist who extracted the tooth examed it today and said I had an abscessed socket. She referred me to an oral surgeon and prescribed anitbiotics. The oral surgeons receptionist said he wouldn't see me because he didn't do the extraction (urggghh). My question is how can I have an abscess in the socket? It was a healthy tooth that was removed to make room for partial plate. It was painful enough having it extracted, what would an oral surgeon do to help? I really don't want to take antibiotics, the side-effects are awful. What happens if I don't have an oral surgeon look at it?