HomeAnswersDentistrypost extraction complicationI got a tooth pulled and it smells. Why?

Is it normal to get unpleasant smell in the extraction site?


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Published At August 16, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I just had a tooth pulled. There is an unpleasant smell with a green slimy stuff in the extraction site. Is that normal?

Answered by Dr. Honey Nandwani


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The symptoms that you are explaining are probably due to infection at the extraction site or due to loss of blood clot leading to dry socket formation. You should get a clinical examination done by a dentist. If there is any infection, then cleaning the area with antiseptic solution and a script of antibiotics and painkillers will help. In case of dry socket medicated dressing will be placed in extraction socket and a course of antibiotics will be advised.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Honey Nandwani
Dr. Honey Nandwani


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