A member asked:

Just woke up went to brush my teeth & gargle with salt water and i noticed the whitish color stuff i had in my extraction site is not there. normal?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Scott Harwood answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Yes : Over time the coloration of the extraction site changes until it eventually looks the same as the surrounding tissue. Nothing to be concerned with.

Answered 12/9/2013


Dr. Richard Kelner answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Extraction: If it was surgical or sutured most dentist place in gelfoam which looks white. If it's several dead old and was partially closed it could just be sloughing tissue.

Answered 7/4/2015



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