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Blood Clot Wisdom
Yes and no: If the clots are coming out, you should be having severe pain in the extraction sites. If you don't have pain, you are probably just flushing out some food debris from the sites. Any concerns, call your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more
Same as other clots: A blood clot from almost anywhere in the body will be bright red or blood colored. If it has been exposed to the air for a period of time it will be darker red. Try to let them fall out of your mouth rather than actively rinsing your mouth. This gives an extraction site time to get a good start on healing. ...Read more
The clots do not: Need to be over-abundant & be protruding or visible on the top of the extraction socket. There are more than likely blood clots at the base of the sockets & everything is completely fine. Avoid straws, smoking, vigorous rinsing & forceful expectoration. Always inform your doctor if concerned and ask. A good treatment team will always be receptive to any questions to help put patiets at ease. ...Read more
Yes and no: After your tooth is removed the clot will form in the socket. This will usually dissolve (lyse) over time sort of like how a scab comes off after you have a cut or abrasion of your skin. If the socket isn't open for the lysed clot to come out the body can resorb some of the clot, but usually as the clot breaks down it leaks out of the socket. ...Read more
The blood clot: Covers the extraction socket and allows the area to heal. It's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding after wisdom tooth extraction and begin the healing process. For 3-4 days after surgery do not brush the area to prevent dislodging of the blood clot from the socket. ...Read more
Strange yellow thing that appeared on top of blood clot after wisdom teeth removal. What could this be?
Foreign object?: One possibility is a piece of food such as a kernel of corn fragment has become embedded in the top of the clot. If the extraction was performed more than 3 or 4 days ago, it should be safe to carefully lift the fragment off with tweezers or go back to let the dentist look at it if you aren't comfortable with tweezers or if the extraction was more recent. ...Read more
Bone infection: A dry socket is infection that develops in the bone socket. It is best treated by careful debridement to remove the layer of infected bone and to restart bleeding that important in the development of a full socket blood clot. Perscription antibiotic and anti inflammatory medication is often indicated. ...Read more
Whitish tissue over the blood clot of wisdom tooth extraction. As well as bad breath, had extraction 48 hours ago. Is this dry socket?
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Lack of a blood clot after an extraction is called a dry socket. A dry socket is extremely painful. If you have no pain, then the extraction site is probably healing normally.
If you are concerned or are having discomfort, return to your dentist or surgeon to have the area examined. ...Read more
What to do if I think I dislodged a blood clot in my wisdom tooth socket. How can I get it to re-clot?
Keep it clean: Blood clot forms when a wound from extraction is healing. It is not necessary for the actual healing process. It acts more like a dressing to protect the wound site. Keep the site clean and healing tissue will grow over the wound site. This will happen under the blood clot also. The process usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more
Blood Clot for lower wisdom tooth has fallen out within 48hrs. Small amount of blood remains at bottom of socket. Is this normal will I get dry socket?
Probably not: Probably not. If pain increases, likely a dry socket. In that case see doc who did extraction. Easy problem to treat. ...Read more
It is normal: If you have no pain, discomfort and other symptoms till now, it is a good sign and indicates wound healing. However, if concerned, visit your dentist for post extraction evaluation. ...Read more
See a dentist: If the clot is actually loose, there is no way to reattach it to the bone and most likely the clot will come out. If that happens and you start to get pain, call the dentist who extracted the tooth. If you have pain now with the loose clot, also call the doctor to be evaluated and he might be able to get a new clot to form. ...Read more
What color is a blood clot from a wisdom tooth extraction site supposed to be? While swishing with water, something of a light brown color dislodged.
Normal: Most likely that is normal debris (discarded tissue, clotting material or food). I would not worry but if you are still having concerns I would set up a post-op with the dentist that did the extraction or call them with questions. ...Read more
Ideally you: Don't want the blood clot to fall out. The blood clot is the foundation matrix for the formation of bone to fill the socket. If the blood clot is to degenerate / be lost then you develop a dry socket (48-72 hours) post extraction. If you adequately follow all the instructions given post extraction hopefully you should be fine. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Leave it alone: The clot allows healing to occur. Don't cause it to wash out. Please ask your oral surgeon for clot preservation instructions. ...Read more
Maybe: Normally it is still there. If it is gone make sure you keep the socket clean by irrigating gently... Especially a lower area. ...Read more
No. The socket can heal with or without a clot. Losing clot early may result in dry socket. Easy to treat.
For best results, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more
Dark red jelly: It may appear as a dark red jelly. ...Read more
Put pressure on it: Bite on some gauze to stabilize, and reorganize the clot. ...Read more
White: You may see a whitish substance in the socket. This is similar to a scab that turns white if you take a bath. If there is no clot, you have dry socket and it will be immensely painful. If you feel you are having complications, see the dentist or oral surgeon who removed your teeth for a follow up. ...Read more
You really cant: Keep the area free from food and debry. Rinse very gently with salt water. At the first sign of swelling or pain see your dentist to prevent the area from developing a "dry socket". ...Read more