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Hi, what is the usual healing time after wisdom teeth/tooth extraction?

Hi, what is the usual healing time after wisdom teeth/tooth extraction?

1-2 weeks : Is about the usual. Sometimes can be longer if complications such as infection or dry socket. Suggest see your dentist if not progressing as you expect ...Read more

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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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What does a tooth extraction looks like when healing?

What does a tooth extraction looks like when healing?

Red, Yellow, Gray...: Unless the extraction site is completely covered by sutured gums, it is likely that you see clotting/clotted blood in the socket. Careful not to lose this blood clot, as it is nature's bandaid to protect the healing wound. The color will be red, then dark red to start. As the blood components break down, this color becomes more yellowish, then paler ; paler gray. The gums ; bone continue to grow. ...Read more

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Please describe to me the healing process after a tooth extraction?

Please describe to me the healing process after a tooth extraction?

Simplistic answer : Blood clot will form in the socket(s) where the root(s) of the tooth was/were. Within 48 hrs changes happens in the clot. Bone cell started to form and bone production begins. Also there is a formation of gum tissue at the top. Within weeks the socket is closed and healed. But the bone level is lower than the original height. And will continue to resorb. Therefore it is better to keep the tooth. ...Read more

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Bone tissues not healing after tooth extraction. What should I do?

Bone tissues not healing after tooth extraction. What should I do?

Call dentist: Call the dentist to have it evaluated and possibly medicated to begin healing. ...Read more

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Bone tissues not healing after tooth extraction. What should I do?

Bone tissues not healing after tooth extraction. What should I do?

Return: Return to the Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon who did the traction and have area reevaluated. You may need some follow-up treatment or just tincture of time. ...Read more

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Dental fistula remains after much treatment; is tooth extraction the only way?

Dental fistula remains after much treatment; is tooth extraction the only way?

Fistula: I am not sure what type of treatments you are referring to? If a tooth presents with a fistula, the first choice of treatment is a root canal therapy. If that fails, the root canal treatment is usually redone with or without an apicoectomy( to resect the pointy part of the root where abscess is present). You also must check for possibility of fracture in that tooth which warrants extraction. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have severe pain after tooth extraction (one week ago). My dentist says it's fine and healing. Is this pain normal then?

I have severe pain after tooth extraction (one week ago). My dentist says it's fine and healing. Is this pain normal then?

Could be infection: Go back to the dentist who did the extraction and ask that they check the socket. Such pain at this time is wrong. You should be healing and getting pain free, not getting more pain! ...Read more

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I'm curious as to which is worse, root canal treatment or tooth extraction?

Extraction is worse: Many people consider extraction of infected tooth a better option than root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is tooth preservation procedure. Root canal treatment with dental crown will be less expensive and more predictable than getting tooth extraction done followed by replacement of missing tooth with dental implants. Both procedures are painless and safe. ...Read more

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What is a normal healing process for wisdom tooth extraction?

What is a normal healing process for wisdom tooth extraction?

Healing: The tooth socket fills up with blood, and the blood clots. The blood clot is slowly replaced with immature bone after about 6 weeks, and the gum tissue grows over the top of the socket. The bone matures over a period of months. Of course, initially there's some swelling and pain due to inflammation, which is a normal part of the healing process. ...Read more

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Maxillary sinusitis and tooth extraction? Please describe to me the symptoms and treatment options.

Pressure congestion: In some people the roots of a tooth, especially the molars can extend into the sinus cavity. With extraction, bacteria can easily enter the sinus cavity. Symptoms are severe facial pressure , nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge and possibly a bad taste or smell from the nose. Treatment involves antibiotics, decongestants, nasal washes. In severe cases outpatient surgery is needed. ...Read more

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I have tooth extraction pain and some tooth decay problems. Can you recommend some medications and treatment?

I have tooth extraction pain and some tooth decay problems. Can you recommend some medications and treatment?

See a dentist: Your problems cannot be addressed without a visual exam and xrays. See a professional asap ...Read more

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What is another treatment solution of pus gum aside of root canal and tooth extraction?

See your DDS: The cause for your condition is not clear from your question. When prescribing a treatment, the etiology for the infection must be known. It would be best for you to attain a proper diagnosis from you dentist and then apply the best treatment for the condition. See your dds. ...Read more

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Test positive for the flu a day after tooth extraction. Will this effect the healing of the extraction or cause infection?

Test positive for the flu a day after tooth extraction. Will this effect the healing of the extraction or cause infection?

Unlikely: Not at all. Though the influenza virus can infect mucous membranes, it wouldn't affect the healing process of any gum tissue. ...Read more

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I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. What does a healthy wisdom tooth extraction site look like after 4 days of healing? how does infection look?

I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. What does a healthy wisdom tooth extraction site look like after 4 days of healing? how does infection look?

Extraction: If you don't have any swelling or fever then you probably don't have an infection. Typical extraction sites get food in them and look infected and nasty. Just leave the ext site alone. If you don't have swelling, pain, or fever you are probably fine. Post operative infections following surgery are very rare. Follow up with your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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The tooth next to the impacted wisdom tooth extraction site feels more sensitive and hurts when biting.. Is it part of the healing process?

The tooth next to the impacted wisdom tooth extraction site feels more sensitive and hurts when biting.. Is it part of the healing process?

Perfectly normal: The removal of impacted teeth is an invasive surgical procedure. Sometimes the tooth next to an extraction site gets a bit traumatized during the procedure and now it is a part of the healing process. For pain, use the medication prescribed as directed. ...Read more

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What should the color of a healing tooth extraction blood clot look like, I got my tooth extracted 2 days ago and it's a white an yellow color?

What should the color of a healing tooth extraction blood clot look like, I got my tooth extracted 2 days ago and it's a white an yellow color?

Speak with dentist: If you have any concerns, see the dentist that performed the extraction. It probably is healing fine. Speak to the dentist and see if an antibiotic is in order. ...Read more

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White gum around tooth extraction site? Is it a sign of healing, i feel slight pain / soreness there and slight headache, i am using Corsodyl.

White gum around  tooth extraction site? Is it a sign of healing, i feel slight pain / soreness there and slight headache, i am using Corsodyl.

Healing socket: The appearance of a healing socket varies greatly. You did not mention how long ago the tooth was extracted, and whether the pain/soreness is getting better, worse or the same? It doesn't sound like there is anything to be concerned about. However, we can't determine this over the internet, so contact your own dentist for your peace of mind. ...Read more

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I have a deep and very painful hole in my first molar which has given me sleepless nights, I live in Nigeria and as a student I cannot afford the very best dental treatment, I'm considering a tooth extraction but I'm afraid of the pain and possible infect

I have a deep and very painful hole in my first molar which has given me sleepless nights, I live in Nigeria and as a student I cannot afford the very best dental treatment, I'm considering a tooth extraction but I'm afraid of the pain and possible infect

Difficult Decision: Although it would be best to save the tooth with root canal therapy and a crown, if circumstances and other options are not available, then you will have no choice. The threat of pain and infection is now, not during or after the extraction. Have your teeth examined and have any lesions restored so that you do not loose more teeth. ...Read more

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How effective is mouth rinse for a poor-healing tooth extraction site?

How effective is mouth rinse for a poor-healing tooth extraction site?

Not effective: An extraction site should heal normally without any special assistance. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes can slow down healing. Sometimes the extraction site may have residual bone or necrotic tissue that would need to be removed by your dentist. If the extraction site is not healing properly, consult with your dentist. ...Read more

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Can wisdom tooth extraction be a common treatment for maxillary sinusitis?

Can wisdom tooth extraction be a common treatment for maxillary sinusitis?

No: True maxillary sinusitis is an infection of the lining of the sinus. While upper wisdom teeth reside adjacent to that sinus, it is hoped that their removal leaves the sinus intact, in which case the removal does nothing to treat the infection. Antibiotics generally are the treatment of choice for such in infection. ...Read more

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My lingual nerve was damaged during wisdom tooth extraction. What can I should to promote the healing process?

My lingual nerve was damaged during wisdom tooth extraction. What can I should to promote the healing process?

Sadly: Paresthesia is a recognized complication. Depending on the level of damage, in not too severe cases, more often than not fortunately, the numbness is transient and resolves in time, sometimes upwards of a year. I would go get periodically checked by your dentist or oral surgeon to check the progress. ...Read more

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Had tooth extraction and the socket has like a whitest plug in the middle of it kinda over the blood clot. Is just the gum healing or is it infection?

Had tooth extraction and the socket has like a whitest plug in the middle of it kinda over the blood clot. Is just the gum healing or is it infection?

Sounds normal: If no other symptoms probably ok. If you're not sure, ask the dentist or oral surgeon that did the extraction to take a look. ...Read more

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I went to my dentist because I felt a bony lump on my cheek after having a wisdom tooth extraction. He said that this is normal healing. Is this true?

I went to my dentist because I felt a bony lump on my cheek after having a wisdom tooth extraction. He said that this is normal healing. Is this true?

You have to: believe what your doctor told you , wait few more days for the swelling to go dow, and go for a follow up visit. IF you are not satisfied look for a second opinion , even your own doctor will help to get one if you want it. ...Read more

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5 days post-op wisdom tooth extraction. Healing perfectly, dentist said i'm doing great. How to keep food out of the hole/stitches without irrigation syringe. Syringe may cause dry socket he said.

Rinse mouth: You can rinse your mouth each time you eat. When i had mine removed, i never had to use syringe to remove food. Of course, to minimize the discomfort, try to chew on the healthy side more until it heals. ...Read more