Im hoping someone can help me and put me out of my misery!!
I had my tooth (1st molar?) extracted on Wednesday at 3pm!
I ate some mash potato that night, brushed teeth as normal and noticed the tooth was bleeding a little when I lay down in bed.. & didnt get much sleep that night bcos of the pain and having to try to sleep upright!!
Yday, Thursday, I could only eat soft foods, but I spuidly rushed out that morning without brushing.. got caught up with stuff and ended up not brushing till the evening, but by then I could also do saltwater rinses. But I noticed after one rinse there was something whiteish on the top of the hole, I tried to gently get it out (thinking it was food) with a cotton bud dipped in saltwater but it wouldnt budge and only some dots of blood came off, but the cotton bud was smelly (when the tooth was still there, upon flossing the floss would be smelly )
Last night the pain was much worse I think, either that or being tired from having almost 2 sleepless nights made it feel worse, I dont know!
Its painful now to chew - occasionally my teeth around the extraction site have touched the uppers and thats been quite painful.. the extraction is throbbing too..
My cheek is still sore (the dentist said it would be), but during last night my left side of my face was painful, as was the whole left side of my teeth, I had headache and earache too.. I still have slight earache now. Is all that normal???
I took 2 nurofen at 7am and the pain did ease, but I cant be taking them every 4 hours like theyre sweets! .
My dentist said that the molar had the start of an abcess, and had it been left any longer Id need antibiotics before having it removed, I asked if Id need any antibiotics after it had been extracted and she said no bcos it will all be taken away when the tooth comes out... When she extracted the tooth she showed me a fleshy bit on the tooth - pointing out it was the abcess(??).
Ive googled 'white in extraction site'(!) and had some conflicting info:
'The white material is the blood clot; your rinsing has merely washed away the red blood cells and left the clotted fibrin material, which is white. This is normal, and is of no concern'.
'White color in the extraction cavity... This is generally food sticking into the cavity. Sometimes it may present osteonecrosis. If you have osteonecrosis, you generally experience pain, fewer, swelling, bad breath, etc. (e.g., it is a complication after extraction) and it needs to be treated locally and sometimes together with antibiotics. Thus, you should go back to the dentist who extracted the tooth'.
^it could be food as its white, and everything Ive been able to eat is white.. scrammbled egg, soft bread, mash!
Now Im hoping for me, its the first answer(!).. I would go back and see my dentist (if she were not levaing any day now!), and the fact her practise is over 40+ miles away.. I could see the GP but I suspect he'll just tell me to go and see my dentist.. Its a long way to go to be told its normal.. Either way, no one will see me till next week now.
If anyone can help Id be greatful!