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Please help! What should a tooth extraction clot look like??

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MegSophandEmma Fri 02-May-08 18:44:59

Could someone tell me what the clot should look like I am worried I may have dry socket. It was my 1st upper molar on the left side and the hole is huge with about 4 tiny blackish clots and the rest is a yellowy white colour and the holes quite deep. I thought the clot should be dark red almost to the surface of the hole. Thinking should I make a trip to emergancy dentist tommorow??

MegSophandEmma Fri 02-May-08 18:45:39

Should add I had the tooth extracted today

southeastastra Fri 02-May-08 18:48:39

it would be too soon for a dry socket. i had my tooth out about two months ago and remember panicking like you. the clot i had was white/yellow/red odd colours.

don't rinse it or use straws and you'll be fine.

MegSophandEmma Fri 02-May-08 18:51:05

Ty SE Was your clot quite deep into the hole?

southeastastra Fri 02-May-08 18:53:40

yes it was a huge back molar, i posted on here about it, i was so worried about getting a dry socket too. just let you mouth get on with healing it and try not to look at the clot too much i made myself paranoid!

MegSophandEmma Fri 02-May-08 18:58:18

lol I have had wisdom teeth and other teeth removed before and never knew there was such a thing called "dry socket" and I was fine. Blimin internet.

Thanks for your advice x

southeastastra Fri 02-May-08 19:00:18

i didn't know either until i started googling grin. you'll be fine it just takes time to heal.

MegSophandEmma Fri 02-May-08 19:03:15

PMSL I just read your thread LOL at the shoving mirrors in your mouth. Have been doing the same blush

Will just wait and see. Cheers again!!

HereComeTheGirls Sat 03-May-08 09:28:38

You would know if you had dry socket as it is EXTREMELY painful!

MegSophandEmma Sat 03-May-08 09:53:25

HCTGs thats why i am panicking lol

Its reallly swollon today and still has only a coupe of tiny clots in.

Also afraid that the abcess is still stuck up there. Dentist didn't give me anymore AB's as I had already had a course of amocycillin and metrondonazole. I hate Teeth!!

HereComeTheGirls Sat 03-May-08 09:56:31

Is it painful though?

Whatever you do DON'T poke at it at all!

MegSophandEmma Sat 03-May-08 09:58:42

Aye niggley pain. I still get the tickley horrid infection feeling every so often. Then I think but maybe thats because I only had it done yesterday.

HereComeTheGirls Sat 03-May-08 09:58:43

Also, dry socket tends to affect lower teeth more than upper...hope that reassures you slightly.

HereComeTheGirls Sat 03-May-08 09:59:30

I would wait, and contact the dentist IF the pain gets worse. If it is slowly improving it is fine. And don't panic, if you DID get a dry socket they can pack it to relieve the pain.

MegSophandEmma Sat 03-May-08 10:00:27

TMI I can see white yellow round the mindle of the hole the specks of blood the further down in the middle white/creamy colour in the middle which I am praying isn't bone.

southeastastra Sat 03-May-08 10:27:15

don't worry! you sound like me i was so paranoid. the colours of the clot are really weird.

HereComeTheGirls Sat 03-May-08 10:45:23

Yes I would leave it alone and just call dentist if you get a bad smell/taste or the pain gets worse. If none of those then the emergency dentist probably wouldn't see you, in my experience working for a dentist. I'm sure you will be fine

morgansauntie Sat 03-May-08 11:49:21

Hi, this thread caught my eye as I had a tooth out on Monday so I can really sympathise with you. Mine was a difficult extraction as the tooth had broken right back to the gum, I had to have stitches in the end after a lot of pushing, pulling and drilling. This was a new dentist as it was the first time I had been in years and she was really brilliant. I had to go back yesterday and have the stitches out (should have been Monday but its the bank holiday) she said its healing up well but still packed it with some kind of dressing which was soaked in something that tastes a lot like TCP. Nearly 24 hours later it still tastes like I have swallowed a whole bottle and is making me feel slightly sick. Mine doesn't look that good either but I guess this is normal.

Anyway I hope your feeling better soon and that it heals up ok. I've decided the best policy is not to keep looking at it, good luck.

MegSophandEmma Sat 03-May-08 20:30:09

Thanks for the messages all. Well its really swollon round the extraction site and still a tad painful and ticley but there deffo stuff in there so not dry socket. Just wondering though why the dentist never drained the abcess or do they just leave it to come out??

MegSophandEmma Sat 03-May-08 20:31:00

Awww MA hope your feeling better soon ) Nasty teeth.

southeastastra Sat 03-May-08 21:18:03

my dentist didn't give me any antibiotics meg and i did get a bad infection. if you can get some on monday

morgansauntie Sat 03-May-08 22:55:05

Just got in and logged on - Thank you I was doing really well until I listened to my mother who said I should start chewing properly again now it hurts sad from now on I will listen to my body and not her. I hope everybody else is keeping well.

DrNortherner Sat 03-May-08 23:00:20

I had dry sockets after my wisdom teeth removal - I had never heard of them before.

It was only because banging my head agains a brick wall was preferable to the pain did I realise it wasn't healing as it should....

MegSophandEmma Sun 04-May-08 07:42:57


If it gets worse do you have a dental access service near you?

Feels ok this morning am washing it out with corsadyl now hopefully will kill all the germs.

HereComeTheGirls Sun 04-May-08 07:46:17

Not sure if you know this..but Corsodyl can really stain your teeth if you use it for too long (they go brown, but it can be cleaned off by a dentist), so just use it for a short while while healing.

HereComeTheGirls Sun 04-May-08 07:47:27 poor DH used it and ended up looking like he had a mouth full of rotten teeth!!

MegSophandEmma Sun 04-May-08 07:51:19

lol My teeth are really stained anyhoo. when all this is settled think I will see the hygenist for scale and polish. Usually use litereen (sp?)for normal use. My mum recommended the corsadyl for gum healing.

Wish I could afford to have them all taken out and get implants put in. Have had none stop probs with my teeth since my eldest was born.

MegSophandEmma Sun 04-May-08 07:52:43

HCTGs poor DH thank goodness the dentist could remove it!!

HereComeTheGirls Sun 04-May-08 07:53:53

Yes corsodyl is really good for such things!

Tooth problems are awful aren't they.. sad

MegSophandEmma Sun 04-May-08 07:56:41

Yup Would rather give birth another 3 times than having the tooth pain Ive been having.

morgansauntie Sun 04-May-08 08:21:45

Thank you It's feeling better this morning I'm just keeping an eye on it but I haven't eaten yet.The dentist was really good and took x-rays before the tooth came out and said they looked ok. I think I may have had an abscess but in the last 6 weeks I have had 3 courses of antibiotics as I live with chronic sinusitis.

It's amazing really how such a small thing can cause so much pain and be a devil to get out, the dentist was wiping blood from the light, instrument tray etc by the end of it. At the end of last year I had a big toenail removed because it was ingrowing and that didn't hurt as much.

I hope everybody has a really good day and the healing process continues for all of us -good luck and best wishes.

MegSophandEmma Sun 04-May-08 08:52:02

MA I would definitely go back to eating none chewy foods for a couple of days, just to be on the safe side.

I had a root canal on a different tooth a few weeks ago as I had another abscess, which had caused my cheek to balloon (looked like the elephant man) and I told my dentist about niggles I had this side but she never checked it out. So then two weeks later I ended up outside my parents house sobbing in the car in need of pain killers. Went to emergency dentist who gave me antibiotics (never worked) and then went into see my own dentist gave me a course of amoxicillin (never worked) which resulted in this extraction as the pain was unbearable.

Really do sympathize with you x

morgansauntie Sun 04-May-08 09:24:46

I can sympathize with you as well. I hadn't been to the dentist for a number of years as a result I think I had developed a bit of a phobia but this dentist was brilliant as a result I felt relaxed which I think has made it easier to cope with. Saying that it was a difficult extraction and my gum looks a bit of a mess. At least she wiped the blood of my face and didn't let me travel home with it all round my mouth unlike a previous dentist. I know its ok to go back if I feel there is a problem but know it will take a while for it to heal so will see how it goes over the next few days.

Just going to have some porridge now which is my normal breakfast and read the paper.

foxinsocks Sun 04-May-08 09:35:53

I had one out last Friday. A bottom molar that had broken with a bit trapped against one of the facial nerves and another bit looking like it was stuck in my jaw grrr.

A surgeon did the op in the end and it's healed really nicely. I posted about the hole too because I was worried. If it helps this is the way it healed...

day 1-2 looked v black and bloody, kept bleeding a lot
day 3-5 some white stuff appeared on top of the clot and I was worried it was pus/food. Posted on here about it! Seems it was just part of the healing process. Still looked all clot like though.

day 7 for the first time, the gum starts to grow about and it stops looking like a crater and a bit more like a normal gum. I guess the white stuff was new skin/gum forming.

Today, 9 days later, it is starting to heal over very well - it's not flat yet, still a hole but the colour is better.

It's still too sensitive to eat food on - I accidentally crunched a nut in the hole and it was sore grr but other than that, I think we're nearly there.

I was also worried about dry socket but did all the salt water rinsing and that seemed to help. Hope it is ok for you and everyone!

morgansauntie Sun 04-May-08 10:45:13

Foxinsocks thank you for the information its really helped. I've justed eaten breakfast, cleaned my teeth and washed my mouth out and its feeling ok. There seems to be a lot of post tooth extraction people about at the moment. Hopefully we will all have a good day, will check back this afternoon. Take Care.

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