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Can your jaw bone end up sticking out of your gums after having a wisdom tooth pulled...?
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: No, not normally
When your wisdom tooth is pulled, there should not be any part of your jaw bone sticking out.
Best to see the oral surgeon to confirm.

In brief: No, not normally
When your wisdom tooth is pulled, there should not be any part of your jaw bone sticking out.
Best to see the oral surgeon to confirm.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. John Scuba
All surgery is trauma, period. So the skill of the surgeon is important, this meaning the less skilled provider can leave much greater damage--and sometimes more bone exposure than there should be. In skilled surgical hands, some jawbone can be exposed at or soon after surgery and attempts to 'clean' or reclose wisdom tooth surgery sites often attempted are usually unnecessary and frustrating. Bone "sticking out', however, is (and should be) an infrequent complication of wisdom tooth extraction and usually is--in an oral surgeon's hands.
Dr. Greg Rubin
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Sometimes, depending on complexity of surgical extraction, pieces of jawbone may separate (break away) from the jaw, and it is very difficalt sometimes to detect due to bleeding during the surgery, so after surgery those pieces of bone, called bone sequesrum, show up and sometimes it is very painfull or causes lots of discomfort.
It may cause also bad smell, or bad breath.

In brief: Yes
Sometimes, depending on complexity of surgical extraction, pieces of jawbone may separate (break away) from the jaw, and it is very difficalt sometimes to detect due to bleeding during the surgery, so after surgery those pieces of bone, called bone sequesrum, show up and sometimes it is very painfull or causes lots of discomfort.
It may cause also bad smell, or bad breath.
Dr. Greg Rubin
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Dr. John Scuba
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: Bone fragments
The answer is yes.
When teeth are removed, sometimes the bone from which they were removed either needs to be cut or drilled, and sometimes even when that's not necessary, small fragments may come loose and "exfoliate" even days to weeks later. In most cases, a simple exam and conservative care is all that is necessary.

In brief: Bone fragments
The answer is yes.
When teeth are removed, sometimes the bone from which they were removed either needs to be cut or drilled, and sometimes even when that's not necessary, small fragments may come loose and "exfoliate" even days to weeks later. In most cases, a simple exam and conservative care is all that is necessary.
Dr. John Scuba
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Dr. Abel Loredo
Dentistry
In brief: Sequestered Bone
Yes. At times after the removal of a tooth, as the bone heals and remodels to a new shape, small peices of bone can brake off the rim of the thin alveolar socket where the tooth was and travel to the surface of the gum. They may fall out on their own but it is best you go back to the dentist or oral surgeon who did the surgery and have them removed.
It is a common and benign condition.

In brief: Sequestered Bone
Yes. At times after the removal of a tooth, as the bone heals and remodels to a new shape, small peices of bone can brake off the rim of the thin alveolar socket where the tooth was and travel to the surface of the gum. They may fall out on their own but it is best you go back to the dentist or oral surgeon who did the surgery and have them removed.
It is a common and benign condition.
Dr. Abel Loredo
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