Check Your Menstrual Calendar For Tooth Extraction
When you need to get your tooth extracted you look at your calendar, see an open spot and get it scheduled, right? Well it might not be that simple. If you’re a female taking oral contraceptives, you might want to check your menstrual calendar first. Why is that?
What is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is when the newly formed blood clot in the extraction site does not form properly or is prematurely lost. Dry socket is actually the most common postoperative complication when it comes to tooth extractions. Dry socket is serious because the blood clot lays the foundation for new tissue and bone to develop, this process happens over a two-month healing process. But what does this have to do with your menstrual calendar?
Lesson Your Chances of Developing a Dry Socket
Women are more likely to develop dry socket over men. But did you know that women who take oral contraceptives are twice as likely to develop dry socket over those who don’t?
If you are a women who takes oral contraceptives you have about a 30 percent more chance to develop dry socket if you get a tooth extracted within the first 22 days of your menstrual cycle. So unless there is an emergency it’s recommended you schedule an extraction the last week of your cycle because estrogen levels are inactive at this point.