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Bone fragments after extraction

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Patient
Posted by: dentaman89  (8 years ago)
Dear Doctor!

I broke two teeth from a minor accident three weeks ago. The first tooth was severely damaged
that it had to go. The second one was only chipped off but it had a large cavity and it was also
extracted. A couple of days ago, I noticed I had some bone fragments working their way out of the gum . It is a bit painful and irritating. What should I do? I am worried that they will slow down the healing process of the extraction socket.

Thanks a lot in advance for your answers.
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Dentist
Hi dentaman89!

After a tooth extraction, the tooth socket will often feel rough when running over it with your tongue - that’s because the sharp bone edges are being pushed through the mucous membrane.

The human body will heal itself, meaning those protruding corners will smoothen out by itself, important is not to touch it with your fingers or tongue. In a couple of weeks you should find that the edges are even again.

Sometimes you will find small bone fragments pushing through the membrane, that is also normal so no worries. Don’t stress the area too much and if you are still experiencing difficulties or have any doubts, just visit your dentist for a quick checkup of the area.

All the best!
Posted 8 years ago
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Patient
Posted by: dentaman89  (8 years ago)
Thanks so much. Your answer really helped me! I am glad to know, there is nothing to be worried of.
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