Re: Wisdom Tooth - Medicated Gauze Came Out! Help!
I advise you to leave whatever packing you have in your tooth...don't pull it out. Let your dentist know, and follow his/her advise.
The packing is to protect the exposed nerve left by the extraction. If all goes well, a scab will form over it to protect it until the tissue covers it all up...but if the scab is dis-lodeged, the socket is left "dry".
That also explains the intense nerve pain that comes with it. This is also why cigarette smoking, sucking a straw or hard candy is not advised following oral surgery.
I wish I didn't know all this, but I lived through one last summer, and it hurt.
Last edited by writeleft; 02-06-2009 at 06:08 PM.