Can estrogen cause dry socket?

Estrogen can cause dry socket because it appears to prevent clotting. 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.

Estrogen does not cause dry socket. However, high estrogen levels from oral contraception may block the normal healing process in some women and increase the chances of contracting dry socket, a condition that can be extremely painful. 

Dry socket can occur after you have had a tooth pulled. Normally, a blood clot forms in the hole where the tooth was located. The blood clot stays until the gum tissue and bone heal over the area. However, if the blood clot moves away from the socket, the hole is exposed. Your dentist can clean out the socket and apply a soothing medication over the socket using a gauze pad. You will need to reapply the medication daily until the dry socket is healed.

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