My husband had a tooth pulled on Thursday, he is very swollen and in pain. He is on strong antibotics and pain meds. He can feel and see fragments of his tooth. Waiting for dentist to return call, we called at 1pm. What should we do?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 13 - November - 2011, at 22:10 PM

  • It can be a fragment of tooth which is left behind after tooth extraction or can be a sharp bony flake. If the fragment of tooth is less than 5mm in size and is non-infected, then it can be left in the socket to resorb on its own. If tooth fragment is more than 5mm in size, then it has to be pulled out. If it is a bony flake present, then dentist can smoothen it or remove it with an instrument. Bony flakes or tooth fragment in socket delays the healing process of tooth extraction socket. As of now, your husband can continue taking pain meds and antibiotics as prescribed to him. He can take the food from other side of tooth extraction socket and can continue with warm saline rinses. To reduce swelling, pressure dressing can also be given.  Visit your oral surgeon to get tooth extraction socket evaluated. For more info on complications after tooth extraction, refer to…

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