White gum following tooth extraction

E

erming

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I had a wisdom tooth extracted 4 days ago. It has been aching since extraction, not massively painful and I don't need to take pain killers but it is just an ache that I'm aware of.

It is hard to see the socket but there seems to be a clot in it along with some white. I think if I had dry socket I would be in a lot more pain.

I have also noticed the the gum around the adjacent tooth is white and think this might be due to the trauma of the extraction.

The extraction itself wasn't difficult, but I could feel the dentist was putting a lot of pressure on that area of my mouth when putting the stitches in afterwards. The dentist did apologise for needing to use so much pressure.

I'm not sure if I should just leave things for a few more days to see if it settles down or if I need to get back in touch with the dentist. I do get very anxious about needing further work (my extraction was due to gum disease). Any advice would be appreciated.
 
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Hi there,

it is normal for the extraction site to look white. We have some information about what to expect after a tooth removal here in our FAQ. It may give you some ideas about what is normal. It sounds like leaving it is a good plan, particularly if your not having any massive pain.

All the best wishes
 
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erming

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Thanks for the reply. I have also read the advice given in the link. I suppose my main query is the gum around the neighbouring tooth is white, not the actual extraction site. From what I understand this is due to the trauma of the extraction.

I rinsed again a while ago with salt water and the area where it's aching does seem to be reducing. So hopefully things are starting to improve
 
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