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Just had a tooth extraction 3 days ago woke up with swollen gum and pain is this normal?

Just had a tooth extraction 3 days ago woke up with swollen gum and pain is this normal?

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.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Better or worse?: Typically after surgery, the surgical pain lasts a few days then it progressively gets better. The trend is to have less and less discomfort from decreasing pain and swelling ; be able to open and use jaw for chewing more. If the swelling/pain is getting worse, it is advisable to see your doctor. If there is discharge, abscess, or redness occurring, you should have it evaluated asap.

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Child has swollen gum in roof of mouth after tooth extraction. What is the best remedy?

Child has swollen gum in roof of mouth after tooth extraction. What is the best remedy?

Call the dentist: To find out if this was expected and how best to handle it, or if it requires that you child be seen again.

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What is one way to stop my gums from bleeding after having a tooth extraction?

What is one way to stop my gums from bleeding after having a tooth extraction?

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.

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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?

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.

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Why does flesh from gum come out after tooth extraction?

Why does flesh from gum come out after tooth extraction?

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.

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6 days after tooth extraction should gums be back to completely pink color?

6 days after tooth extraction should gums be back to completely pink color?

No: They should be returning to a pink color, but it can be several weeks. Continue with the advice your dentist gave you in keeping the area clean.

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Can you tell me how should the 'gum sockets' heal and look after tooth extraction?

Can you tell me how should the 'gum sockets' heal and look after tooth extraction?

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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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!

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How can I prevent a gum abscess after tooth extraction?

How can I prevent a gum abscess after tooth extraction?

Depends: Follow directions given tom you by your dentist. Take antibiotics if given. Keep the area clean and eat a healthy diet. Your body should take care of the rest.

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Is granulation tissue normal over healing gums from tooth extraction?

Is granulation tissue normal over healing gums from tooth extraction?

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.

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What can cause my gum to be getting more sore (after tooth extraction)?

What can cause my gum to be getting more sore (after tooth extraction)?

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.

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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?

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..

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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?

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.

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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.

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.

Varies greatly: If fairly easy with local anesthetic in a lower fee location, possibly $150 or somewhat less, but if difficult, with general anesthesia, at an expensive location, much more $. Possibly a dental school may be an option for you.

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What color is your gum supposed to be 3 days after a tooth extraction?

What color is your gum supposed to be 3 days after a tooth extraction?

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.

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