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Loose piece of gum hanging post tooth fall causing intense pain. What could this be?

My daughter had a loose tooth fall out and she now has noticed that she has a loose piece of gum flesh hanging from her upper gums. I originally thought that she had some food stuck between her teeth . Apparently it seems to hurt her because she s constantly playing with it with her tongue . What could this be? Would it have to snipped off by a dentist .
Asked On : Fri, 27 Jul 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
i would like to inform you that a strand of gum tissue which is hanging post loss of tooth is normal, but if it is bothering your daughter too much then yes you can get it cut by your dentist or give it time, it will shrink by itself in probably a week's time, just ask your daughter not to play with it, as it might hurt.
i wish your daughter good health.
Answered: Fri, 27 Jul 2012
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Dentist, Prosthodontics Dr. Shivangi Gajwani Jain's  Response
After extraction or even after natural loss of tooth, gum tissues gap and thats quite normal. usually those tissues shrink or resorb on their own. Probably the tissue is hurting and not healing because of the constant irritation, as your daughter keeps touching it with her tongue. but that can be remedied. you just need to visit your dentist and get it cut so that it stops bothering her. i am sure after that she will be more comfortable and the healing will take place with ease.
Answered: Tue, 7 Aug 2012
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