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Have a hard and white bone like thing in the gum. Had tooth extracted. What can it be?

I got a lower left tooth extracted 5 days ago. Everything has been fine but I have notice since the day of extraction that part of my gum is pushed outward toward my cheek and lip. When I look further you can see something hard and white pushing it out. I don't know if it is a bone or part of tooth that didn't come out. I know the dentist broke my tooth in half when pulling it but afterwards seeing the tooth it looked as if everything was there. Just wondering if it will heal on its own or if I need to go back to get it checked out.
Asked On : Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
It's your dentist's obligation to help you throughout your extraction's healing process. So, if you prefer, you might request that they evaluate and treat your situation.
Providing this type of treatment is usually quite easy for your dentist. After all, they'll be able to visualize the situation better than you and, of course, they have more experience and the proper tools.
In some instances, they may feel that they must "numb you up" before they can remove the protruding fragment. And, in more involved cases, the removal process might include some type of minor surgical procedure (such as incising the gum tissue and reflecting it back so the fragment can be visualized and accessed more easily).
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for posting your query,

After reading your history i suspect that you are having a broken root piece or a bony spicule at the site of extraction. I would suggest you to visit the concerned Dentist and get the checkup done, take the necessary x-rays, any left out root stumps can be removed by simple extraction or even surgical process, if presence of any bony spicule can be trimmed with the help of surgical procedure known as alveoloplasty.

Hope this helps out.

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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
The white part you had seen could be a part of the bone probably. Your dentist would definetly have removed it up. Any ways you could wait for the healing of the socket and to make sure if there is any remaining portion of the tooth you can get an IOPA xray done to rule it out.

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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

According to your history i can suspect some remnant of the tooth , a root portion or a tooth piece is left unextracted .

It can be a sharp bony spicule or sharp alveolar bone left un filed after extraction.

exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination and evaluation by taking radiographs.

i would suggest you to get and OPG radiograph done which will help in diagnosis and accordingly treatment can be planned .

consult an oral surgeon and get the examination done.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sivaji Kavuri's  Response
Hi ,

After going through the case history you have given it might be either the root piece ie.,part of

teeth left out inside or may be a bony spicule ie.,sharp edge of bone popping out.

In either case its better you visit the dentist once.

If its a root stump better get it removed ,and if its a bony spicule it will be smoothened or the

sharp edge will be removed.

Hope so this will help you out.

Thank you.
Answered: Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm,
Since you had undergone a traumatic extraction,the gums may be teared and theremay be bony projections.
The bony projections has to be filed by a dentist.
For faster healing of extraction socket,rinse mouth after every meals.
Maintain good oral hygiene.
Gargle frequently using betadine or warm saline.
Chlorhexidine mouthrinses can be used to prevent microbial plaque accumulation.
Take complete course of antibiotics too.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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