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White discharge from pulled tooth -normal?

04/26/2007

Question:

I had my molar pulled three days ago. Now there is a white thick discharge coming from it. I am in no pain as of yet. Is this normal?

Answer:

It could be part of the healing process for the tissue.  If they gave you a special rinse I would use that to irrigate it.  It also could be getting infected.  Try the rinse or warm water for a couple of days.  If it still persists, call the dentist.

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Response by:

Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University