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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Bone or jaw poking out of my gum after tooth extraction weeks ago, im starting to have bad breath and its not really that much painful.What to do?

Bone or jaw poking out of my gum after tooth extraction weeks ago, im starting to have bad breath and its not really that much painful.What to do?

Tooth extraction: Return to the surgeon to have the extraction site examined. You may have a piece of bone working its way out, or the area is just healing slowly and you are still feeling the edge of the extraction socket. The bad breath may be due to debris in the socket, or from other areas of your mouth. In any case, you should be seeing your dentist for follow-up care. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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