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How do oral contraceptives affect dry socket?

Oral contraceptives increase a woman's risk of developing dry socket, a condition where a blood clot dislodges after a tooth extraction. Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, contain high amounts of the female hormone estrogen, which can prevent your body from healing. Oral contraceptives also increase your sensitivity to pain, so you may experience more discomfort. If you use oral contraceptives, talk to your dentist before having a tooth removed.

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