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Gum Diseases

Sore gums

04/29/2008

Question:

I had a tooth extraction friday because it was hard to pull out. My gums are so sore and it it 2 days later and its throbing pain. I am pregnant so i told the dentist id just take regular tylenol, well that isnt working and neither is rinsing with warm salt water. what could be wrong? is this normal? when will it heal? could it be infected since my jaw is a little swollen?

Answer:

Soreness for couple of days is normal. But if you have throbbing pain that feels like it is coming from jaw bone and you are developing fever, fatigue etc., you may have what we call "dry socket". This means that you did not have enough clot formation following extraction. Now, you may have exposed bone which has inflammation. Please call your dentist back so he/she can figure out what is wrong.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University