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A 32-year-old female asked:

Five days ago i had my lower right wisdom tooth pulled and i want to know is it normal for the extraction site to change colors?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: From an open site where tooth was to blood clot colors to healing colors of gingiva to other reasons that you may need to go back to your surgeon to evaluate.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes: Extraction sockets heal from the bottom up. Healing time will be between 5 and 6 months. During that period, especially during the first three months the, gum tissue and the gum bone around the empty socket will make changes in both size and shape. You shouldn't feel any discomfort after about the third to fourth week. After the fourth week color changes will not be noticeable.
Dr. Nicholas Calcaterra
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes: The blood clot that forms is initially red, but over time will change to a white color. This is because the clot is turning into gum tissue and bone.

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Last updated May 13, 2017


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