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Posted by Shaelle on December 06, 2000 at 13:03:24:

In Reply to: Re: Wisdom tooth surgery! posted by witt on December 06, 2000 at 13:01:10:

: : I had surgery 2 weeks ago. I'm 37, and I think I should've done it when I was younger, because I still have on and off pain, and huge holes in my mouth!
: : How long will I have the holes? Food gets stuck in there--gross! Is it okay to flush it with a gentle water pik? Regular rinsing, which my OS recommended,
: : doesn't get rid of all the stuff in there.

: If you have slight pain you may be okay, if the Pain get Worse, get into see your dentist. Be careful with washing away "all the stuff in there" A scab over an extraction sight appears as a nasty looking white glob like thing. Your tissues should heal over the extraction site then the holes should fill in with bone, this could take a long time, several months. You may have tenderness in that area during this time, but it will be covered by your gum tissue. If you wash away the scab and then the clot inside the extracted tooth socket you will get what is called a Dry Socket. Which is bare exposed bone, This is REALLY painful. Then you need to see your dentist to have it packed. The syringe thing in the other reply should only be used if it is given to you by your dentist/oral surgeon. Call your dentist/oral surgeon before you use your water pik in this area. They have your chart and are the only ones who know for sure wether you could use your water pik to cleanse the area. Remember that your extraction is a wound in your mouth, and you need to give it time to heal, just as if you recieved a large cut to your arm.
: Give it more time, and I hope things get better for you!
shaelle not Witt, don't know where that came from.

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