Re: jagged bone near extraction site
This is pretty common with tooth extractions, especially wisdom teeth extractions. It is really nothing to worry or be concerned about. What is happening, is that the bone is healing. As it does, it is not uncommon for tiny bone fragments that have not fused back into the bone to rise to the surface as the bone heals. These fragments can include pieces of the tooth that was extracted, tiny root fragments left in the bone, and/or bone fragments from the jawbone.
Many times, these fragments will fuse into the jawbone and or they will rise to the surface and push their way out through the gum tissue. If the piece becomes stuck or sore and infected, have your dentist remove the piece. Most often, the piece will come out on it's own. Your gum tissue might be tender and a little sore, but it will subside once the fragment dislodges. Sometimes, you can push the piece out yourself using a Q-tip.
Bone tissue takes a good 6 months to a year to begin to fill back in after surgery. What you are experiencing is completely normal and a good sign that the bone is healing as it should.
Last edited by JenniferE; 06-18-2006 at 10:02 AM.