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Doctor insights on: Tooth Extraction Healing Timeline

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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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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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