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Gum Pain After Tooth Extraction
See an oral surgeon: Or the dentist. Pain and swelling following dental extraction is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery, after that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. If pain persists or worsens, it may require attention and you should call your dentist or oral surgeon for follow up appointment. ...Read more
Depends on…: How involved the extraction was: more the trauma to gum during extraction, the longer it will take for gum to heal & return to normal pink color. Also, if tooth was abscessed, healing will take longer. Contact dentist/oral surgeon who removed tooth to air your concerns. Knowing your specific case allows him/her to give more specific answers. ...Read more
After extraction,: After extraction, the socket will have some pooled blood clotting with the gingiva (gum) covering the area. In a day or two, you will see the clotted blood looking from red to darker, liver-like red, then the clot will look more yellowish to pale grayish in a few days. Meanwhile, the gums will rapidly grow over also. Some variations if you had sutured sockets. Post-op check recommended if unsure. ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction 16 hours ago found a long sticky thing that was hanging from my gums when I woke up. What is it?
No Pain No Problem: It could be a mixture of a blood clot with your saliva. Or it could be a section of loose tissue with some blood clot on it. Or it could be a loose suture. Anyway - if no pain then there is generally no problem. The first 3 days need to pass to establish a good healing pattern. ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction 12 days ago. Today I noticed my gums are detached & flappy on both sides of the extraction site. Should I be worried?
Probably no concern: In the absence of pain or tenderness there is probably no concern. Healing from extractions starts in the bottom of the socket and works up to the top. The "flaps" are probably just unsupported tissue that will attach when the healing works up to the top of the socket. ...Read more
10 days after tuff tooth extraction a hard piece of what seems to be a tooth fragment in my lower gums, not the extraction site. Will this come out?
See your Dentist: The fragment may be a piece of tooth, bone, something you ate, part of normal healing, or something else. Go see your dentist for a post-op check up! ...Read more
Attachment: The gum is also attached to the tooth and no matter how careful the clinician is, some gum tissue may come out with the extracted tooth. ...Read more
Color changes: Initially the gums may be red and somewhat inflammed. As the area heals it may appear to have a whitish film. As healing progresses, the normal color will return. ...Read more
Normal oozing: If it's actively bleeding all day, then it would be a genuine problem. If you have gone through life never having had a bleeding problem, then likely what you are experiencing is oozing. After extraction, some blood oozes and mixes with the saliva, and you spit it out as a pink fluid all day. This is normal. ...Read more
It's been two weeks since tooth extraction, but how long does it take for gum to close up and when can I eat like toast or crackers?
See your dentist: Pain and swelling following dental extraction is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery, after that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. If pain persists or worsens, it may require attention and you should call your dentist or an oral surgeon for follow up appointment. Do not hesitate, it is part of the post-op care protocol. ...Read more
Depends: If you just had the tooth extracted, you should only bite on gauze for about an hour. If you keep gauze in your mouth longer, you may pull out your blood clot. You can also bite on a wet tea bag for ten minutes. The tannic acid will help clot the blood. Do not suck on anything, smoke or spit for 24 hours. If you continue to bleed, contact your dentist. ...Read more
Very common: Swelling and pain after tooth extraction procedure is normal body reaction. It is a good sign and indicator of normal progress of healing of tooth extraction socket. Swelling usually lasts for 7-10 days. If concerned, see your surgeon for post-op visit. ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction on #31 about 2 weeks ago. My gums are starting to hurt on the side where the extraction is. It also feels inflammed. Normal?
See your dentist: See the dentist that performed the extraction to ascertain if all is healing well. There is a certain amount of swelling after the extraction and while the area is healing. Make sure not to smoke, which will delay healing. Have the dentist check your other teeth and gingiva to make sure that you do not have additional gum issues. More important, have a treatment plan to replace #31. ...Read more
Tooth extraction: There are healthy and unhealthy or infected granulation tissue. Healthy granulation tissue helps in normal healing process, unhealthy tissue needs to be removed. Your dentist will be the best judge. ...Read more
Maybe: It depends on how long after the extraction we are talking about. After a month +/- most things are closed up. ...Read more
Evaluation: Most extractions heal uneventfully, but sometimes there are complications. Have your dentist evaluate you for dry socket, or even a sharp edge of bone poking through the gum. You did not say how long ago the tooth was extracted. ...Read more
I just had an impacted tooth extraction and the open part of my gums turns yellowish in color. But no odor. What does this mean?
Maybe: It maybe a normal part f the healing or it could be something else... Without seeing it it is hard to tell... Have your dentist take a look.. ...Read more
I feel something poking me on the inside of my gum after 2 weeks of getting a tooth extraction. Could this be bone forming there?
Healing socket: Where was the tooth extracted? Was it a wisdom tooth? Did the surgeon add bone to the area covered with a membrane? These are all variables. Most likely what you feel is a bone spicule if nothing was done. Go back to the dentist, it can be watched or smoothed down, it appears to be a healing socket. ...Read more
About how much would it cost w/out insurance for a single wisdom tooth extraction? I only have one, slightly impacted, and hasn't come out of gum.
Impossible to answer without a visual examnation and additional information.
Make an appointment to have it examined by your dentist or the surgeon to did the extraction.
Also, make sure you follow the post-op instructions and keep all follow-up appointments. ...Read more
Extraction pain: Everyday after the extraction, you should improve and should have little pain after a few days. If after three or four days you start to get pain again, you could have a dry socket and must go back to the dentist. ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction and a filling but I am severe pain in my gums and jaws what could be the problem?
More info needed...: Extraction and filling same arch, same side? Was the filling deep? Did you have an infection? Simple or complex extraction? Answers to these questions would go a long way in answering yours. Please see your treating dentist for a follow-up visit. ...Read more
I'm having severe pain all in my gums and jaws and ears. I had a tooth extraction. What could be wrong?
Tooth extraction: It is quite uncommon to have pain in all your gums, both upper and lower jaws, and both ears all from one extraction. Did you possibly have your mouth open for a long time? Might be TMJ. Speak to your oral surgeon. ...Read more
Food in socket: It is always best to first consult with your own dentist for advice and instructions. Having said that: if the tooth was removed within the last 48 hours, just rinse as thoroughly as you can and don't be too concerned if there is still some food or debris in the socket. If it's after 48 hours, you can use an ear bulb syringe filled with water from your local drug store or supermarket-- GENTLY. ...Read more
Is some redness on the gums normal for a while after tooth extraction? I have no pain, just some red spots.
Roots been left in after tooth extraction. Can this lead to infection, I have a red line goin across my gum and painful sornes on side of palate?
It is possible: It is possible to get an infection however if the root tips are too close to a nerve or the sinus it is sometimes better to leave them in rather than to risk some possible permanent nerve damage or a sinus perforation. I would return to the dentist that did the extraction and have the area rechecked. ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction 5 days ago. The pain hasn't stopped and my gums are swelling regularly, usually every 3 hours. Please advise. I've had teeth extracted before and never had a problem.
This sounds like you have a dry socket or an infection, but it needs to be seen clinically and visually to make an accurate diagnosis.
Call your dentist or surgeon ASAP for an examination. ...Read more
Sore cheek ; gum:
Some post-operative discomfort is normal after an extraction. You now have a wound in your mouth. The amount of discomfort depends on the difficulty of the extraction, the size of the infection, and the amount of bone removed.
Assuming you are following your surgeon's post-op advice, the pain will subside over the next 3-5 days. If not, call or return to the surgeon. ...Read more
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