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Old 05-25-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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Hi, I had a lower molar (#30) extracted a week ago after many tests and consults. It had been bothering me for some time. Tooth was cracked vertically and there was a small infection below it.

It took a full week for the pain to "settle down" after the extraction. I took antibiotics for the full 5 days, 3 x per day, 500 mg, plus I took pain pills for two days. Stitches dissolved a couple of days ago.

Now the gum on the outside on the back area of where the tooth is has started hurting today. I put my finger in there and it feels like a "pocket" of something painful on the outer gum. What the heck do you think might be going on? Its Mem Day weekend so I dont want to bother the dentist until Tuesday if possible.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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Pocket of infection, possibly.

Call anyway....they are on call for YOU and your problems.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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Hi, I had a lower molar (#30) extracted a week ago after many tests and consults. It had been bothering me for some time. Tooth was cracked vertically and there was a small infection below it.

It took a full week for the pain to "settle down" after the extraction. I took antibiotics for the full 5 days, 3 x per day, 500 mg, plus I took pain pills for two days. Stitches dissolved a couple of days ago.

Now the gum on the outside on the back area of where the tooth is has started hurting today. I put my finger in there and it feels like a "pocket" of something painful on the outer gum. What the heck do you think might be going on? Its Mem Day weekend so I dont want to bother the dentist until Tuesday if possible.
A bit of infection or a bone fragment, either way contact the office as soon as you can and have it checked.
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:59 PM
 
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It could be an abscess. Contact your doctor.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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A bit of infection or a bone fragment, either way contact the office as soon as you can and have it checked.

Thanks to all. I was thinking bone fragment also. Thought about the oral surgeon when I said, "are you sure you got it all?" he seemed incensed that I would ask such a question. This makes me upset as I have spent several hundred dollars on this tooth outside of insurance coverage just in the last month. Dont know whether to contact oral surgeon now or my regular dentist. Any advice there?
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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I had bone fragments come out for months. If it was a pocket of infection (btdt) it would be soft and squishy. I had that when the tooth was still there.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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hunterseat, thanks for the response. how did the bone fragments come out? in the hole where the tooth was extracted or did they come right out of the gum. did you have pain? i am having quite a bit of pain.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:13 PM
 
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I just wanted to update on what happened because I really feel it is important to trust yourself and your own body. Oral surgeons office squeezed me in today, and said it would be no charge when I called. Got there-he said, "it's probably your jaw bone and I really don't want to open that up again, as I wont be able to grind it down and there will be more problems. I said, "I can feel something sharp and I want you to open it up." He said, "If it was my mouth, I would leave it alone." I said, "I want you to open it up. It hurts." He said, "When does it hurt?" I said, "now, but especially in the morning when I lay on that side." He said, " I think you just need to let it heal. You may be grinding your teeth." I said, "no, I am not grinding my teeth." He said, "okay we will take an x-ray and see if there is a piece of tooth or bone there." He took an x-ray. Saw nothing. I said, "I still want you to open it up." He said okay. I suggested I SHOW him where it hurts as the pain was very specifically in one area. He says okay. I point with the instrument and he says, "That is a completely different tooth." I said, no, the pain is in FRONT of the back tooth, towards the back of where the tooth was that you extracted." He went in there and there was a one quarter inch long tooth SHARD with pointed ends on both ends. Even with my gum being nummed up, the pain relief was IMMEDIATE. I asked to see the piece of tooth. It was quite big for being NOTHING. I am very comfortable now, in spite of the fact that he had to stitch it up again. WOW. Dentistry is such a crap shoot!!!!!! Listen to your bodies, people!!!!!! Insist on care when you need it!!
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