How do oral contraceptives affect dry socket?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Oral contraceptives may cause dry socket and contribute to the amount of pain a woman feels. Oral contraceptives contain estrogen, which appears to prevent clotting, which would keep the socket from being sealed.

Oral contraceptives also appear to lower a woman's pain tolerance level, which will make her more susceptible to pain associated with this condition.

A woman who is taking oral contraceptives should schedule her appointment for oral surgery between the 23rd and 28th days of her cycle. If she has surgery on days 1 through 22, when estrogen levels are high, she may develop dry socket and feel more pain.
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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