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Food stuck in wisdom tooth surgery site

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Jane Dorothy

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Hi, I would like to highlight on my concern as food debris kept stuck in the hole of my wisdom tooth surgery site after 3 weeks of extraction. Is it normal? Will the hole be closed ?I am worried as it is painful at times and worried to get an infection. Had been gargling with mouthwash but there is still something inside and I also used a small dented tooth brush to try to dig the food out. Can someone help me with my worries?
 
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Sol

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USA
It can take awhile for the gum to fully heal after an extraction, 3-4 weeks or longer. I had impacted wisdom teeth and felt the need to watch the area until about 6 weeks after surgery.

Something the surgeon provided to me after the surgery was a plastic syringe to help with cleaning the area. Maybe you can flush the debris out with water and a syringe?
 
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drhirst

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Hi Jane Dorothy,
Yes, the situation you describe is normal and very good advice from Sol about flushing it out with a syringe. When I say syringe, I do not mean anything with a needle on it, which could land you in hot water in Singapore!!:grin: Rather one with a curved blunt plastic end. The curve on the tip really helps you get into the socket.
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drhirst

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Available from amazon by the way
 
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Finallyfreenow

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Louisiana
I had three wisdom teeth extracted a little over two months ago and it was almost two months to the date that I finally was able to quit worrying about that and throw out the syringes. Definitely get them! I was given one at the dentist but ended up ordering more off Amazon. I am older and the lower tooth was horizontally impacted, so it did take longer. You’ll get there and you’ll be so glad to be done!
 
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RonaldYeo

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Jul 5, 2022
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Hi Jane Dorothy,
Yes, the situation you describe is normal and very good advice from Sol about flushing it out with a syringe. When I say syringe, I do not mean anything with a needle on it, which could land you in hot water in Singapore!!:grin: Rather one with a curved blunt plastic end. The curve on the tip really helps you get into the socket.
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I am about to order one from Amazon now. I just had my removal and surgery only on Friday.

But when I spray water at it, will it disturb the healing process and the clot?
 
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