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5 weeks post molar tooth extraction and gums still not closed. Is this normal?



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Mar 25, 2024
I had a root canal which became infected, leading to molar extraction. I still have pain and my gums have not closed all the way. Dental surgeon told me I “ have prolonged healing”. Is this normal 5 weeks after an extraction?

I am nervous about getting the implant due to how painful and long this process has been.
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Yes. It doesn't sound terribly unusual, depending on how big the tooth was and how badly infected originally.

Placing an implant is a whole different kettle of fish to an extraction.

The implant site has to be handled with extreme care and delicacy, not the case with an extraction at all.