How does dry socket affect women differently than men?

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Women have a greater incidence than men of dry socket after tooth extraction, particularly women who take contraceptive medications. Dry socket, an extremely painful condition, occurs after a tooth is pulled. There is no proven way to prevent dry socket other than to follow the dentist's recommendations after the tooth extraction. For women using birth control pills, it may be helpful to schedule the extraction during days 23 to 28 of your contraception pill cycle to prevent dry socket.

Women are 20% more likely than men to get dry socket. This is most likely due to estrogen, a female hormone. Women who take oral contraceptives, which contain estrogen, are more susceptible to dry socket than men. Estrogen may increase the risk of getting the condition. It appears that the estrogen can dissolve the blood clot.

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If you've just had a tooth extracted, particularly a wisdom tooth, you may start to feel a nasty pain a few days after the tooth extraction. Call your doctor or dentist to see if this is dry socket, a condition that can happen whe...

n the blood clot that is supposed to form in the socket where your tooth was gets dislodged. This will interfere with healing. Also known as alveolar osteitis, dry socket can cause pain not only where the tooth was but through the jaw and radiating to your ears. Learn more about preventing and treating dry socket with expert advice from Sharecare.
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