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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Something left in gum after loose tooth out

05/30/2007

Question:

My 6 year old`s front teeth have been very loose and I pulled them both out last night. They came out easily with a little twist. However, there is something hanging out of the gum. It is red and fleshy. It wiggles and doesn`t hurt. I have older children and have never seen anything like this before. What is it?

Answer:

The tissue you see is probably some pulp tissue that was inside the root of the baby tooth that you extracted. See a dentist if it doesn't disappear in a couple of days.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University