If you’re about to have a tooth extracted for the first time, it’s understandable that you may have some questions. While not everyone wants to know what actually happens during the extraction process, most are keen to learn about what their recovery will be like. From blood clotting and swelling to residual bleeding and granulation tissue, there’s more to tooth extractions than you may have first thought.
Here we’re going to take a closer look at the white material that usually forms in your mouth after tooth extraction. Read on to find out more about what this material is and what you should do if you experience it.
What is the white stuff after tooth extraction?
The white stuff that you might see forming around your tooth socket after a tooth extraction is called granulation tissue. This tissue is comprised of blood vessels, collagens and white blood cells, hence its white colour. This is a normal part of your body’s healing process, so while it may seem alarming at first, it’s actually really important as it protects the site until new gum tissue or bone can form.
Sometimes, you might also be able to see some surgical gauze in your socket, which will also be white in colour. As long as this isn’t causing you any discomfort, leave this alone as your body will eliminate it on its own.
Is this a sign of natural healing or a complication?
It can be either. In most cases, granulation tissue is a sign that the socket is healing, so it’s not a cause for concern. However, if you’re experiencing a lot of pain around the site, you have a fever, there’s a foul taste in your mouth and you’re struggling with gum inflammation, then this white stuff may actually be pus. This is a clear sign of an infection, so you’ll need to call your dentist as soon as possible so they can prescribe you a suitable treatment.
Should I be concerned?
Generally speaking, seeing granulation tissue after your tooth extraction is a good sign and is nothing to be worried about. Ordinarily, it develops around two to three days after the extraction (once the initial blood clot has formed).
Do I need to get in touch with my dentist?
Granulation tissue should fall out on its own after three to four weeks. At this point, the stem cells should replace the tissue, eventually turning into new bone and gum tissue in the respective areas.
However, if granulation tissue takes longer to fall out, or you think it has fallen out too soon, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your dentist. When the granulation tissue falls out before the socket has fully healed, it can leave your bones and nerves exposed, which is also known as dry socket. This can be very painful and you may need some stronger painkillers to manage your discomfort.
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