I recently had a really sore spot on my gum after my second molar, on the tongue side. (I do not and have never had a wisdom tooth there.) It started out as a very sharp pain while eating raw carrots one day and so I looked in the mirror and there was a little hole and it was very swollen around it. It hurt when I ate.
I went to the dentist and he took xrays and examined me and said that my lone upper wisdom tooth was digging in to the gum right there as it had grown a very long and sharp point. So he scheduled an extraction and I had that wisdom extracted yesterday.
Well, in the time between the dental appointment and the extraction, I noticed the hole on my bottom gum getting bigger and there was something white and hard in there. Yesterday, I stuck my fingernail under the hard thing and pulled it up a little, and it was very stiff. I thought it almost was a bone fragment or something. So I had my husband look and he grabbed a pair of tweezers and pulled the thing out. It was about two millimeters long and to me it looked and felt like a bone fragment. And it was embedded in my gum. The swelling and pain immediately went away after the thing was gone, but the gum area still looks pretty traumatized, I guess from that thing being in there and causing damage.
Well, I took the extracted "thing" to my dentist today and had them look at it. They said it looked like calculus. Can calculus dislodge and work it's way through your gum? I have been recently been using an oral irrigator and I was wondering if it could have knocked something loose? Also, I haven't had a tooth cleaning in 15 years and I am scheduled for scaling and planing in about twoo weeks.
I am for some reason just worried that the dentist and oral surgeons have been wrong and that this is something more sinister like cancer. I don't have any white spots or anything. Just the hard thing that came out of my gum and the resulting irritation. Please help me I am freaking out and thinking I am going to die.