One of the most common dental complications after tooth extraction is dry socket. When a tooth is removed from the bone and gums, a blood clot should form to protect the hole in your gums as it heals. In the event the blood clot fails to properly form or becomes dislodged from your gums, you may experience a dry socket.

A dry socket is likely to expose your nerves and bones, making it imperative for you to treat the condition as soon as possible. Left untreated, dry socket can cause infection and other serious complications.

Women are known for getting dry socket more than men. Believe it or not, women who take birth control are twice as likely to develop this condition because of the hormone estrogen. If you are a woman who takes birth control and need a tooth extraction, try to schedule the procedure at the end of your menstrual cycle, any time between days 23 and 28.

Research has proven that there is less risk of dry socket during this time frame. Once you have had your surgery, be sure to refrain from smoking or sucking through straws, avoid rinsing your mouth or disturbing the socket area for at least 24 hours, and change your gauzes when they become full of blood.

If you do develop dry socket, contact our office so that we can prescribe pain medication and help you find the relief you deserve. We may also place a medicated gauze into the socket and prescribe an antibiotic.

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If you have further questions related to dry sockets and birth control, don’t hesitate to call our office at 703-439-1214.