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My gum is tender from an extraction done two weeks ago. Please help.


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I got my first molar removed nearly two weeks ago. It is healing, but I notice a yellowish color inside and my gum around the area is a little swollen. I am not in so much pain. But, it is definitely tender and I just have a slight pain in that area. It was a difficult tooth extraction. There was a lot of hard pulling involved. It has been about 11 days now. My throat was a little sore this morning. So, I started a course of antibiotics (Cefalexin). So, if it is an infection will this help? Also, I have been rinsing my mouth with salt and warm water as many as four to five times a day since the second day of extraction. Should I be worried? Will this all disappear in time without getting worse? I do not want to stress anymore.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

As per your history, there seems to be a sharp, bony edge there. You need to consult the dentist and get an X-ray done. I suggest you get an osteoplasty done, where the sharp edges would be smoothened. If you do not get the bony spicule smoothened, it will still heal, but take longer.

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

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray
Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray


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