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??

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

Should add I had the tooth extracted today

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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?

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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

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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!!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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??

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

Awww MA hope your feeling better soon ) Nasty teeth.

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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.

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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.

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