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Not sure how my tooth extraction is healing...

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Posted by: Loo825825  (2 years ago)
I have included pictures, I know they may not be very good pictures. But I am so paranoid and scared of getting a dry socket. On the back tooth there is a spit bubble lol. But I wondered if my extraction site looks like it is healing healthy. I appreciate any and all responses. Thank you!
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Hope you will have a socket preservation bone graft after the extractions.

Looks normal to me. Dry sockets are always extremely painful. Never had a dry socket without bad pain, and I have extracted thousands of teeth.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 2 years ago
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Posted by: Loo825825  (2 years ago)
I am pretty sure they didn't. Just gave me some gauze and sent me home. I read that the socket preservation bone graft is basically for preserving the bone and reducing loss and shape change. I already feel like I notice a change in my face on the side these 2 teeth were removed. After reading about the socket preservation thing, I saw that a tooth extraction without socket grafting produces up to 60% shrinkage of bone as the hard and soft tissues heal. Will my face continue to change as this heals and time goes on? I hate that I wouldn't have been told or offered this option..

Also, today is a week exactly from the day I had it done. For the most part I have not been on the painkillers they have given me since the fourth day, which I didn't even take until late at night. My problem is that the top of the gum near where the tooth would normally lay, feels sensitive now on the side facing my cheek. I wasn't given antibiotics after my appointment; would an infection be unmistakeable to notice?

And thank you so much for your response.
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I am pretty sure they didn't. Just gave me some gauze and sent me home. I read that the socket preservation bone graft is basically for preserving the bone and reducing loss and shape change. I already feel like I notice a change in my face on the side these 2 teeth were removed. After reading about the socket preservation thing, I saw that a tooth extraction without socket grafting produces up to 60% shrinkage of bone as the hard and soft tissues heal. Will my face continue to change as this heals and time goes on? I hate that I wouldn't have been told or offered this option..

Also, today is a week exactly from the day I had it done. For the most part I have not been on the painkillers they have given me since the fourth day, which I didn't even take until late at night. My problem is that the top of the gum near where the tooth would normally lay, feels sensitive now on the side facing my cheek. I wasn't given antibiotics after my appointment; would an infection be unmistakeable to notice?

And thank you so much for your response.


Can't say whether you do or don't have an infection. With an infection, patients usually have pain, sometimes swelling, and usually a small fever.

Yep, bone continues to shrink years after an extraction, albeit at a lower pace. That is one of the neat things about implants- they are the best means of preserving bone, as they transmit force to the bone.

It is not too late to get a socket preservation graft. But the longer you wait, the less help it will be. I often wait 1 to 3 weeks after extractions to do them.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 2 years ago
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