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Salty metallic taste from the socket

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Posted by: Angelo  (9 years ago)
Hi all,

I had a molar pulled two months ago, which left a big gap in my mouth. It took about a month for the gum tissue to cover the hole. Two weeks after the extraction, there was a white substance from the extraction socket. The dentist said it was a healing tissue. After a few days, the white substance was slowly replaced by pink gum tissue. It seemed fully healed already. However, yesterday, I noticed a salty metallic taste from the new tissue on the empty gap. The taste gets horrible throughout the day. Is this an infection? The socket does not hurt; and is not swollen. Does anyone know what causes the bad taste? Thanks.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello. The taste of metal come from blood since we have iron in our blood cells and various salts that circulate in our body such as sodium, chloride, and potassium. It is possible that underneath the pink healed gum tissue that is covering the extraction socket there is still healing taking place and an inflammatory response going on resulting in eventual healing up of the entire socket.
You may consult or call your dentist regarding this issue and perhaps use mouth rinses throughout the day to avoid sensing the unpleasant taste. I hope this helps.
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Posted by: ChrissyNixonCole  (9 years ago)
I had an infection that lasted quite a while. I saw a bio-compatable Dentist, and he suggested getting a few ozone injections to clear up the chronic infection. It worked. If it lasts much longer for you, you may want to consult with a Dentist who can offer this service to you, or find a Doctor who will offer this. Make sure they anesthetize you first, or it may sting for about a minute.
Good luck, and happy healing.