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What causes white around the gum and dry socket after an extraction?

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Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015
Question: Got my upper bicuspid tooth extracted 11 days ago. Today the hole seems deeper than before and white stuff is still there but more darker pink is showing around it. Should i be worried about dry socket st yhis point or is it normal for hole to seem deeper. I have been obsessivly looking at it daily. Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please do not worry about it. You may just forget about it.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

The socket can be only as deep as the root. Usually and gradually it fills up. You would have to be patient. It probably only feels deep since it has not been filled yet. However, if you are sceptical, you can talk directly to the dentist who have done the extraction and he would be able to reassure you properly.

Hope that helps.

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Dr. Kunal Saha
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Thank you i just worried becuse it seemed to have gotten deeper in a day. Im a bit paranoid about the dry socket. I smoke but didnt start back ip untill 3 1/2 days after extraction and just started drinking pop agAin yesterday so I thought i messed up the healing somehow and eould now get it
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (12 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It could not have become deeper in a day.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. Sorry for not being able to respond back earlier.

Please do not worry - it will gradually get filled. Although not directly related, I would insist you to refrain from drinking or smoking, if feasible. These could indeed have a negative effect on the healing, though these are not going to create a deeper cavity or something like that.

Hope that helps.

Regards
Dr. Kunal Saha
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What causes white around the gum and dry socket after an extraction?

Brief Answer: Please do not worry about it. You may just forget about it. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. The socket can be only as deep as the root. Usually and gradually it fills up. You would have to be patient. It probably only feels deep since it has not been filled yet. However, if you are sceptical, you can talk directly to the dentist who have done the extraction and he would be able to reassure you properly. Hope that helps. Regards Dr. Kunal Saha