Bottom extraction site very swollen and painful feels like part of a tooth is sticking out?

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Either I still have a tooth in there or my jaw is exposed!! My husband took a flashlight and thinks it is my jaw bone exposed, the swelling goes back and forth. I don't go see the oral surgeon until July 5th should I call and go see him now?
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Heidi Ford

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Melanie Baker

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Heidi I would definitely call and go back asap. I would think ur wounds should b closing and shouldn't have any bone exposed. Also sum times slivers of teeth r left and come to the surface and out on their own or need to b removed from what I hear. I didn't have that but others on here have talked about it. I would also think most of ur swelling should b over too so for sure call ur dentist and get in.
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Heidi: Small pieces of bone sticking out from the gums are relatively common following extractions. I had a number of them in the 3 or 4 weeks following the last extractions. Some came out easily, some caused significant pain. All of them eventually worked themselves out. The dentist tried to help me a couple of times, but the thing I found most valuable was - after at least 10 days had passed following the last extractions - was gently brushing my gums and frequent salt water rinses from extraction day on.

Clearly, it could be something else, but the pain I experienced in 2 or 3 places - especially with the denture in - made me cringe each morning when I had to put the denture back in. But it passed, and I still find small pieces of bone emerging that don't really cause pain. The bottom line is this: It will pass for you too, but I would not be reluctant to get your dentist's thoughts and assistance as soon as possible. Good luck with everything. Joseph
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I wouldnt worry I had same thing happen to me. They told me it was parts of my teeth that sometimes dont come out with the tooth. They all work their way out. I just kept wiggling them with my tounge till they came loose enough to fall out. Good luck it gets better
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Every other extraction site has healed fine but this one is the one that would not hold a blood clot so the dentist packed it with something and it finally clotted. No other part of my mouth is swollen but this one on the bottom in the back and it is so tender to even try and touch it with my tongue hurts like hell!! My neighbor is a nurse and she is pretty sure it is actually a portion of my jaw bone exposed! Going to oral surgeon in the am!!
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Had one of those myself Heidi. Lower back. Dentist kept insisting soreness and I knew better because the pain was too sharp. Last night, after 25 days of hell, the end of the bone shard poked through the surface and I was able to flick the unbelievably small thing out with a fingernail and the relief was amazing.
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Heidi Ford

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I really hope it is only a bone shard! This pain is ridiculous! I had all of my upper teeth surgically removed and five on the bottom very little if any swelling on top. Only the one side on the bottom swelled up on me. Hopefully the surgeon will just remove it if that what it is.
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Well went to my dentist yesterday and without doing an X-ray he said he is pretty sure it is my jaw bone exposed!! But because he didn't do the extraction the oral surgeon did he didn't want to touch it but he didn't give me some numbing stuff to put on it until I see the surgeon today because they were closed yesterday. Thank god for the numbing stuff, it doesn't hurt now. Can't wait to see the surgeon today!!
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They look great Heidi! It's nice that they're understanding at work especially after no sick days after 28 yrs! Glad you're over the fear. You got this!
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Heidi Ford

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Well, everything went really good but I'm very very sore , I can't wait until that goes away so I can eat something besides soft food. Thanks to everyone who listened to me vent about my issues!
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Great to hear things went well. Did they mention when you can start to "swoosh" with salt water?
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Heidi Ford

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They said 24 hours. So I started on Friday night but still sore
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Yeah I'm sure you're pretty sore. Try and take it easy. Rest always is the key. Maybe some arnica gel on the outside of your surgery area and do the salt water rinse as many times a day as you can. You're finally on the road to recovery. :) Things will start looking up again.
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I can't wait for you to see b the oral surgeon! I'm sorry your in pain....!!!
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Casey Parsons

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Tooth shards are totally normal and they will work themselves out. But if you feel like something is wrong then trust your gut!