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      how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      Hello to everyone. This is my first time here and I'm so glad I found a site like this. I too am terrified of the dentist and hadn't been to one in ten years until two days ago. I had excruciating pain in one of my back molars and could stand it no more. So I went and had to have the tooth extracted. I have never had a tooth pulled before and am wondering if it is healing ok. My question is what should the area look like. My site area looks greyish white and it has an strange taste to it. Just the site area not my whole mouth. Also is it normal to have throbbing pain only in the site area couple of days later. The pain is not to bad just annoying. Any comments are very much appreciated!! Thank you very much!

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      Default Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      Sounds like it's healing nicely. They greyish stuff is called granulation tissue and is meant to be there.

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      Default Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      Oh thats good news!! I've read so much about the dreaded dry socket I was gettin super paranoid! lol. Thank you so much for your help. Do you know how long it usually takes to heal?

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      Default Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      2-3 weeks in an average healthy person.

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      Thank you for the info! it has been 6 days now and the hole seems to get a little smaller each day and the pain is virtually gone! everything seems to be doing ok. My other teeth hurt a bit though but I have heard that that is normal because of shifting of my other teeth. Do you agree with that? Thanks again!

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      Default Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      Glad to hear you are healing well. My question to you is when did the gray granulation start to disappear? I am 4 days post extraction and I noticed today I woke up and the gray granulation is starting to disipate. I'm so nervous about a dry socket that I don't want the so-called "scab" to go away too soon. So when is normal for it to start to go away?

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      Default Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      Dry socket happens mostly within 24 hrs of extraction. Healing happens at very different rates between different people, so there's no exact answer to your question. Forget about dry socket after 4 days though

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      Thumbs up Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      I noticed that the socket looked clear after a couple of days and I was also a little worried but I kept in mind what was said about dry socket being quite rare and now it has been a week since my extraction and it does not hurt at all!!! I am even eating solid food yippeeee!! lol So try not to worry hun I'm sure you will do well also! Just make sure to keep the site clear of food by rinsing gently with salt water. All the best!

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      Default Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      Phew! I'm glad I looked through this thread. I saw the whitish gray stuff and thought I had gotten food stuck. It is granulation tissue which just makes me glad I'm healing! (Not the greatest thing to google though )

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      Thumbs up Re: how can i tell if extraction site is healing well?

      I know I was freaked at first too! But all appears to be healing well. I do get food stuck in there but rinsing with saltwater seems to get it out. Hope yours heals quickly also!

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