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Gum Diseases

Gums still bleeding

08/10/2005

Question:

hi,a few weeks ago i had an upper tooth pulled and the gum where the tooth was is still very soft and while its not bleeding alot if i press a Q-TIP on it blood shows up on it.Is it infected or does it take really long to heal?The gum looks like a gnarled ball in the hole where the tooth was but it doesnt hurt,just soft and bleeds slightly.Thank you.

Answer:

There are two types of complications that we generally see after tooth extraction:

1- Sometimes exposed bone following extraction gets infected and necrotic. The body tries to reject it, and it takes a long time for the healing to complete.  Patients generally complain about pain or at least bad breath.

2- Soft tissue heals with a lot of granulation (like a scar tissue). Thus, the hole is closed with this extra soft tissue. It is soft and easy to bleed when you touch it. Patients do not experience pain, but they will notice the bleeding when they brush around it.

Your experience sounds like the second complication. If it has been more than 3 weeks since your extraction, I would recommend you visiting your dentist again. The extraction socket may need to be cleaned and sutured so that it will heal nicely.

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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