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Food stuck in the extraction site

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Patient
Posted by: gotfive  (3 years ago)
Hello everyone,

My four wisdom teeth were extracted two weeks ago due to overcrowding. Everything went fine; I no longer felt pain from the extraction sites except for the one on the lower left side. Food keeps being caught in there and the socket seemes irritated. Sometimes the area bleeds after I brush my teeth. It feels like something is caught in there and it’s not coming out. I’ve tried to rinse it out with warm salt water but it just can’t be removed. I also tried spraying water in there using the syringe they gave me, but it’s not working. What should I do to remove it? I am worried that it is slowing down the healing process and may cause infection. Any advice will help. Thanks.
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Dentist
Hello everyone,

My four wisdom teeth were extracted two weeks ago due to overcrowding. Everything went fine; I no longer felt pain from the extraction sites except for the one on the lower left side. Food keeps being caught in there and the socket seemes irritated. Sometimes the area bleeds after I brush my teeth. It feels like something is caught in there and it’s not coming out. I’ve tried to rinse it out with warm salt water but it just can’t be removed. I also tried spraying water in there using the syringe they gave me, but it’s not working. What should I do to remove it? I am worried that it is slowing down the healing process and may cause infection. Any advice will help. Thanks.


Might be a small piece of bone that broke loose. Don't monkey around with the socket. Have your dentist look at it.
Posted 3 years ago
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Posted by: Novocaine  (3 years ago)
Hello everyone,

My four wisdom teeth were extracted two weeks ago due to overcrowding. Everything went fine; I no longer felt pain from the extraction sites except for the one on the lower left side. Food keeps being caught in there and the socket seemes irritated. Sometimes the area bleeds after I brush my teeth. It feels like something is caught in there and it’s not coming out. I’ve tried to rinse it out with warm salt water but it just can’t be removed. I also tried spraying water in there using the syringe they gave me, but it’s not working. What should I do to remove it? I am worried that it is slowing down the healing process and may cause infection. Any advice will help. Thanks.


Well, this certainly is food getting stuck in your socket. They commonly occur when hard/crunchy/solid foods are consumed. Try going on a soft diet for some more time till this extraction site heals up. Bleeding while brushing tells me this area is inflamed and disturbing the blood cot that's formed already. Unfortunately, the only way out is for you to continue what you are doing by spraying it out (more frequently) and vigorously rinsing the area with hydrogen peroxide. Also, use a waterpik to flush it out if you can.

Good luck!
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