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Old 05-03-2004, 09:07 PM   #1
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I just had all four of my wisdom teeth removed this last thursday. Everything went fine, and all seems to be healing well.
Today, out of curiosity, I decided to look at the lower extraction sites, just to see what they look like. I noticed that there is literally an open hole where tooth was extracted. I don't know if my gums were supposed to cover this hole or not, but it's wide open. Anything could get caught in there.

Does anyone know if this is normal? My stitches have mostly dissolved already, and like I said, I haven't had any pain or swelling (so it can't be a dry socket).

I am just a little nervous about this. I don't want to have a hole in my mouth forever that food is going to get caught in! HELP?

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Old 05-03-2004, 10:44 PM   #2
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How deep is this hole you are talking about? I had removed my lower right wisdom tooth around 4 weeks ago, and there is indeed a small hole. Food sometimes gets in, but it easily gets out with the tongue, and u actually get used to it. I think u should not worry, but it you still do, then you could talk to ur dentist about it when u go for removing the stitches. Hope this helps.

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Old 05-04-2004, 05:35 AM   #3
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Re: Hole where my wisdom tooth was. Normal?

My dentist used dissovable stitches, and they are mostly already dissolved. I am not scheduled for any type of follow up with my dentist.
I think I'll call anyway and see if I can get in to see him. These holes seem really strange.

Old 05-04-2004, 06:01 AM   #4
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Re: Hole where my wisdom tooth was. Normal?

I don't know how big your hole is, but yes there are holes where they were. Lots of food can get stuck in them. When I had my wisdom teeth out, when I went for my follow up they gave me a syringe to clean out the sockets after eating. As long as it isn't really painful, I don't think it's unusual.

Old 05-04-2004, 06:42 AM   #5
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Re: Hole where my wisdom tooth was. Normal?

It Takes Awhile For The Hole To Heal And You Have To Keep Swishing Or Use A Syringe To Clean Out Whatever Food Gets In There Sometimes The Food Gets Pushed Out By Itself If You Had Dry Socket You'd Know It I Got It It Hurts Severly And Causes Pain In The Ear Where The Wisdom Was Taking Out Hope This Helps But Again They Take Ahile To Close Up Kelleigh

Old 05-05-2004, 06:53 PM   #6
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Re: Hole where my wisdom tooth was. Normal?

Holes where the teeth were is normal. It may take months--- up to 6 before they are really filled in. You will forget about them eventually, then one day remember and put your tongue there to feel them, and they will be gone!!! Its normal, as long as there are no symptoms. Think about a broken bone. It takes 6 weeks to heal and there is no additional bone growing, only reattachment of the broken halfs. The bone has to grow into those sockets. It takes time. Just be careful not to irritate the areas--- a dry socket is a VERY painful thing.

Old 05-05-2004, 10:32 PM   #7
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Re: Hole where my wisdom tooth was. Normal?

Yep, when a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms where it was. Eventually though, normal eating or any kind of suction (like if you've smoked a cigarette or drank through a straw) can pull that clot out and leave a hole. I had a baby tooth pulled when I was younger and had the same thing. The bone underneath will take at least 6 months to heal but the gum should be okay in about a month - the gum heals much faster.
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Old 05-06-2004, 03:39 PM   #8
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Re: Hole where my wisdom tooth was. Normal?

I noticed you said that you had dry sockets I was wondering if they have healed and how long did it take for you pain to go away? And when it went away was it all at once or gradually getting lesser and lesser day by day. I am asking because I currently have dry sockets and am in much pain.

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