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    wisdom tooth extraction question

    Hi all.

    I had my wisdom tooth removed 4 weeks ago tomorrow and still have a really large hole where it used to be. Was wondering how long they usually take to heal?
    The oral surgeon said mine was a difficult extraction because it was quite badly impacted, would this make it take longer?

    Getting so sick of food getting stuck in it and all those salty rinses!!

    Thanks in advance for any replies

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    When my hubby had tooth out he had the "hole" stitched up, did you?
    Edited by: "nikkib123" 10th Jan 2011

    Try putting some blu tack in the gap and see what it does for you, i look forward to hearing from you

    Ask your dentist/dental surgeon tomorrow.
    I'm pleased it went well, I remember your 'oh no, I'm having my wisdom tooth removed' thread. Hope it wasn't as bad as you thought it would be.

    Original Poster

    nikkib123

    When my hubby had tooth out he had the "hole" stitched up, did you?



    nope, wasn't nice because he had to cut my gum to get it and just left the cut and the hole open oO

    missp27

    nope, wasn't nice because he had to cut my gum to get it and just left … nope, wasn't nice because he had to cut my gum to get it and just left the cut and the hole open oO



    Strange that they left the hole there?

    Original Poster

    sickly sweet

    Ask your dentist/dental surgeon tomorrow.I'm pleased it went well, I … Ask your dentist/dental surgeon tomorrow.I'm pleased it went well, I remember your 'oh no, I'm having my wisdom tooth removed' thread. Hope it wasn't as bad as you thought it would be.



    unfortunately i have no appointment for tomorrow. it wasn't nice at all to be honest, lost lots of weight that week because i couldn't eat properly, was horrible but glad the tooth is gone!

    nikkib123

    Strange that they left the hole there?


    NHS cutbacks.

    i had 2 wisdom teeth out, one was slightly impacted, i didnt need it cut they just pulled it out took about a week for the hole to close properly and a good couple of months till it filed up with proper gum IYKWIM

    Banned

    lol,thought you were gonna ask ,"how long does it take to grow back in"

    Perhaps you need a stitch to hold the gum together - phone the dentist up and tell them and see what they say.

    It took quite a while for the gum to grow and "hole" till gives him jib now.

    missp27

    unfortunately i have no appointment for tomorrow. it wasn't nice at all … unfortunately i have no appointment for tomorrow. it wasn't nice at all to be honest, lost lots of weight that week because i couldn't eat properly, was horrible but glad the tooth is gone!



    Give them a call tomorrow, hope yu get it sorted.

    Salt rinses are usually only for a week, so after 4 weeks I would have thought that you could go back to your normal hygene routine, including lightly brushing the gum surface to remote the trapped food.

    having mine out next week, really scared

    Original Poster

    Nick my dental hygiene is far better than most ppl at the moment thank you, I use my sonicair 3 times a day and rinse after eating anything. The salty rinses seem to get any trapped food out easier than just plain water

    I remember your post before christmas missp, tbh id of expected the hole to heal over by now
    I had a wisdom tooth out at a dental hospital about 4 weeks ago too, the bloodclot sealed the hole afterwards, and then it was just salt rinses for 3 or 4 days after that . Its almost healed over now.
    Id get back in touch with them if your still having problems
    Edited by: "bigflump" 11th Jan 2011

    Original Poster

    thanks for all your replies
    yeah getting a bit sick of my teeth now! going to phone up the dentist at 9 and try and get an appointment booked. have an appointment already for the hospital booked but that's not until next month to see if my TMJ (jaw problems) is improving.
    just googled this and apparently it can take months to heal?!
    i can't remember loosing my clot and didn't have any more pain than expected so don't think i had dry socket or anything.

    the thing that is really annoying me right now is that i have no wisdom teeth at all yet at the bottom and have been feeling like i have one more trying to come through

    I went for my consultation last week. They took another X-Ray & said that as it was going be a pain to get out (it's facing my other teeth on its side, but rooted to my jaw bone), as long as its causing me no pain, they dont need to take it out - yay

    I just need to get an X-Ray every few years to make sure it doesn't grow & push against my other teeth.
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