- Jul 8, 2021
I have a question for a dentist about extraction sites and what things should look like. There is a white film that is over the clots and suture. I have had six adult (non-wisdom) teeth removed over the last several years. My two lower right molars were removed Wednesday (3/8) - I'm at about 48 hours as I write this. The two lower left molars were removed one at a time in 2019 and just last December (2022) so I remember what the healing looked like and could see them well at the time. The extraction sites look nothing like what I have ever seen before. In the past I would see the hole and the clot in the hole. It just looks really messy and like the clots are higher, almost like they are resting on top of a plateau, not in a hole. There are also stitches, which I've had before, but there is one long suture going longitudinally across the top of the two sites. Is that normal? In the past I have irrigated the lower molars starting with day three at the surgeon's instruction and would gently run the water into the hole. It's like there's no discernible holes. And now this film today has me very concerned. I wondered if it could be the mashed potatoes I had, but the irrigating didn't move any of it. I wasn't going to eat them yesterday, but I was getting very weak last night (I have other health problems) and the yogurt and milk and ice cream weren't enough. So I ate mashed potatoes last night, but wasn't supposed to irrigate until today. Now I'm wondering if the potatoes got in there overnight and are stuck to it all now. I called the oral surgeon's office knowing they close early on Friday and spoke with the assistant. I told her how the clots look and about the white film. The first thing she said was, "That's how it's supposed to look." It never looked like that before, though, with previous extractions. Then she warned me to keep it clean and brush or I will get an infection if plaque forms on it. I said that I am doing the salt water rinses and started irrigating today, but that I wasn't brushing near there due to fear of dislodging the clots and getting dry socket. She said I better brush the gums near there gently or I could get an infection. So maybe it's already infected and that's the white film. The surrounding gum tissue toward where the wisdom tooth used to be years ago and on the cheek side of 30 and 31 is raw and red, like it was traumatized during the process. Even the gum next to the tooth next to them (#29) looks like it got stabbed and/or pulled down. They're closing for the weekend in less than an hour now and she didn't offer for him to take a look at it. In the past they have offered for me to come in to take a look and make sure everything looks good. Does this all sound normal or concerning?