Women at an Increased Risk of Dry Socket

According to a new Journal of the American Dental Association study, female patients have a greater risk of developing dry socket after tooth extraction, and the risk was even higher for women taking hormonal birth control.

Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis (AO), occurs after tooth extraction when a blood clot doesn’t form or only partially forms in a socket. Although it’s not fully understood why one person develops the condition but another heals normally, the JADA analysis suggests estrogen may be a factor (JADA, June 2016, Vol. 147:6, pp. 394-404).


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