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Exposed Bone

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Posted by: Auntge  (6 years ago)
Hello

I has an extraction of my second left molar (#18). It has been about 24 hours. This morning I looked at my socket and I see a pretty big-sized piece of white--long and thin. Bone I suspect. I have been taking 600mg of Advil for pain. It's sore and a bit achy, but I don't feel the excrutiating pain of a dry socket. Bleeding ended a couple hours after extraction. Had some ice cream, mashed potatoes and soup yesterday. Water as well. Have some swelling, but not bad there was no active infection at extraction site.

So this white piece of bone is concerning.. Is that normal or am I looking at the formation of a dry socket? What should I do?
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Dentist
Hello

I has an extraction of my second left molar (#18). It has been about 24 hours. This morning I looked at my socket and I see a pretty big-sized piece of white--long and thin. Bone I suspect. I have been taking 600mg of Advil for pain. It's sore and a bit achy, but I don't feel the excrutiating pain of a dry socket. Bleeding ended a couple hours after extraction. Had some ice cream, mashed potatoes and soup yesterday. Water as well. Have some swelling, but not bad there was no active infection at extraction site.

So this white piece of bone is concerning.. Is that normal or am I looking at the formation of a dry socket? What should I do?


Yes, pretty much normal to see the bond that was between the molar roots in the socket. Since you did not have a socket preservation grafts, this bone will be lost with time.
Posted 6 years ago
User Level:
Dentist
Hello

I has an extraction of my second left molar (#18). It has been about 24 hours. This morning I looked at my socket and I see a pretty big-sized piece of white--long and thin. Bone I suspect. I have been taking 600mg of Advil for pain. It's sore and a bit achy, but I don't feel the excrutiating pain of a dry socket. Bleeding ended a couple hours after extraction. Had some ice cream, mashed potatoes and soup yesterday. Water as well. Have some swelling, but not bad there was no active infection at extraction site.

So this white piece of bone is concerning.. Is that normal or am I looking at the formation of a dry socket? What should I do?


Yes, pretty much normal to see the bond that was between the molar roots in the socket. Since you did not have a socket preservation grafts, this bone will be lost with time.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: Auntge  (6 years ago)
Thanks for your reply. My root was fractured and I otherwise have a great set of teeth. This was very emotionally upsetting to me. I take great care of my teeth and had hoped to get an implant. Will I eventually have enough bone for an implant or did this ruin my chances?

So the gum is not going to grow over that big piece of bone? How will the protruding bone go away then?
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Dentist
Thanks for your reply. My root was fractured and I otherwise have a great set of teeth. This was very emotionally upsetting to me. I take great care of my teeth and had hoped to get an implant. Will I eventually have enough bone for an implant or did this ruin my chances?

So the gum is not going to grow over that big piece of bone? How will the protruding bone go away then?


That area should fill over with entirely with new bone growth and gum. After about 4-6 months of healing, you can get reevaluated for possible dental implant, and possible bone graft if lacking bone for successful dental implant. You should normally go in for a follow up 1-2 weeks after the extraction with the dentist that pulled the tooth, just to make sure the area is healing properly without any complications.
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