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Is this bone graft healing correctly- think its infected

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Posted by: ClevelandCavs08  (3 years ago)
I had a tooth extracted and a bone graft put in a week ago. three days after I took the first picture and it was grey with a hint of yellow. The second picture is a week after and it has more yellow surrounding the extraction site. I have no major pain, it is still just a little sore around the area. Is this normal or is there something I should be doing? Thanks!
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I had a tooth extracted and a bone graft put in a week ago. three days after I took the first picture and it was grey with a hint of yellow. The second picture is a week after and it has more yellow surrounding the extraction site. I have no major pain, it is still just a little sore around the area. Is this normal or is there something I should be doing? Thanks!

Looks normal to me. Gums get inflamed around the top. It is a foreign body reaction to the collagen or Teflon covering the graft particles.
Posted 3 years ago
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I had a tooth extracted and a bone graft put in a week ago. three days after I took the first picture and it was grey with a hint of yellow. The second picture is a week after and it has more yellow surrounding the extraction site. I have no major pain, it is still just a little sore around the area. Is this normal or is there something I should be doing? Thanks!

A reality for most oral extractions is associated levels of pain. Many procedures will require a prescribed oral medication for several days following the surgery. It is important that you utilize these medications as directed to decrease discomfort throughout the healing process. Incorporating ice may also be necessary for added relief.
Posted 3 years ago
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Don’t fear…see your dentist and let them know what you are experiencing. As long as you are not infected then it should not be a problem. If you have an infection of the bone graft and socket then you will likely need to continue antibiotics for a second or third round or sometime switch antibiotic families altogether. I generally prescribe an antibiotic mouth rinse. It probably looks a little bit white and gooey looking which is for the most part normal healing in the mouth in the initial 10 days. The development of black, blue, green, or yellow discoloration is due to blood spreading beneath the tissues. In some patients, this is a normal occurrence, which may occur 2-3 days post-operatively. Moist heat applied to the area may speed up the removal of the discoloration. In younger patients, bruising is rare and sometimes is represented as a slight yellow discoloration. In older patients, especially the elderly, bruising can be quite significant and is represented as black and blue discoloration. Please take the antibiotics as directed. Be sure to finish the entire prescription even if you feel that you’re just fine.
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