A painful inflammation that can develop in the open tooth socket of the jawbone once a tooth has been extracted is called a dry socket. A dry socket develops when the blood clot of the surgery site dislodges. Unfortunately, this is an incredibly painful condition that may lead to a foul odor and persist for several days.

Research has discovered that dry sockets are more common in women than men. Women who take birth control pills are twice as likely to experience dry socket. This is the result of the estrogen hormone found in most birth control pills.

Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend that women who take birth control pills and require a tooth extraction schedule their surgery at the end of their menstrual cycle. There is a lower risk of dry socket during this time frame.

In the event you experience dry socket, contact your dentist immediately. They may prescribe an antibiotic medication and place a medicated gauze into the socket. In addition, they may encourage you to take pain medicine.

To reduce the risk of dry socket, refrain from smoking or sucking through a straw for at least 72 hours, do not rinse your mouth or disturb the surgical site for at least 24 hours, and change gauzes over the socket whenever they become bloody.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have any questions about birth control and dry sockets or dry sockets in general, don’t hesitate to reach out our friendly and knowledgeable team at 703-439-1214.