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A higher incidence of dry socket may be related to the use of oral contraceptives after impacted mandibular third-molar extraction

Yumi Ogata, DDS,DMD, MS .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Oral contraceptive use may increase the incidence of dry socket in women after impacted mandibular third-molar extraction.

Critical Summary Assessment

The results of this systematic review summarizing the evidence from 12 articles reporting on 16 studies suggest that female patients using oral contraceptives have a higher risk of developing dry socket as a postoperative complication consecutive to the extraction of their impacted mandibular third molars compared with female patients not using this contraceptive method.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019