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White stuff in tooth extraction holes after wisdom teeth removal

By Laura 12/12/2011 1:13:23 AM
I had all four wisdom teeth removed almost 3 weeks ago. A week after I went for a check up and my doctor told me everything was healing perfectly. I kept doing my salt water washes, finished antibiotics, etc. Last night I was looking at the holes where my bottom wisdom teeth were and I realized my bottom right one has little white things that look like little pus ball. I freaked thinking I had an infection, but it doesn't hurt at all, there's no swelling, secretions, bleeding, nothing. I called my surgeon and he said it was probably food, so I've been doing more salt water washes but nothing, it's still there. I also thought it could be some of my stitches still in there, but I'm not sure. What can it be? I leave for vacation early Monday and there's no way for me to see my doctor this weekend or that day...HELP!
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 12/12/2011 1:13:23 AM

White stuff in tooth extraction site can be food accumulates in tooth extraction socket or can be because of dissolvable stitches still being there. If you are not brushing or keeping the extraction socket area clean, then it can cause white stuff at extraction site. Dissolvable stitches usually dissolve in 7-14 days but may take longer time to dissolve in some individuals. You can continue with warm saline rinses. You can brush gently over tooth extraction socket without irritating the extraction socket too much to avoid any food accumulates at extraction site. Wisdom tooth extraction socket may take weeks to months to heal completely depending on procedure which is used for tooth extraction and trauma to tissues during extraction. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis. You can visit a dentist for evaluation. For more info on healing after tooth extraction, refer to…   http://www.identalhub.com/dental-healing-of-the-extraction-socket-874.aspx


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