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Had wisdom teeth removed, white skin tag connected to the side, painful. Is this normal?

I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed just over two weeks ago. A few days ago, I noticed what I would describe as a white skin tag connected to the side of where one of my teeth were removed. Today I noticed a similar tag on the opposite side of my mouth. It has been a bit painful. What could this be and is it normal?
Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi and welcome,

As you have mentioned you have got your wisdom teeth extracted two weeks ago so i can expect normal healing and closed socket at the extraction site. White skin tags with pain are may be due ulceration at the extraction site or super infection of the healing tissue due to food lodgement or other debris.

i suggest you to maintain good oral hygiene by regular tooth brushing and gentle flossing of the area.
Use antiseptic mouth wash like betadine or chlorhexidine for 2 to 3 times in a day which will promote faster healing and will prevent infection. These white tags will subside in coming 5 to 7 days.
You can apply oral antiseptic anesthetic ointment like mucopain topically over the affected area to relieve the pain.
i hope this helps you , take care
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Dentist Dr. Deepika Attresh's  Response
hello & welcome
no need to worry, this is healing tissue.
impaction is usually a minor surgical procedure, time taken for healing is always more than usual extraction.
you have to maintain proper oral hygiene, start up with warm saline rinses & betadine rinses for fast healing.
if pain is more than can take ibuprofen (SOS).
thanks & take care
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Dentist Dr. Deepthi Reddy's  Response
Hi,
Thank you for the query.
White skin tag which you found in area of extraction may be because of formation of dry socket or sometimes can be ulceration on the healing area .If it is dry socket then irrigation with betadine solution followed by zincoxide eugenol pack will help in healing and relieve pain. If it is ulceration then mucopain ointment application followed by warm salt water rinses and mutlivitamin tablets will help you .See your dentist to rule out the exact cause .
Hope this information helps you.
Take care.
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to hcm forum,
i would be glad to answer your query,
I would like you to know that following extraction the soft tissue or the gums around the tooth become loose and as a normal healing process they tend to heal the extraction site,therefore it resembles a tissue tag. It will disappear within 7-10 days.
kindly perform warm saline rinses(3-4 times/day) to relieve pain and related symptoms if any,
but if the problem persists beyond 10 days then kindly see your dentist.
i hope i answered your query,
i wish you good health,
take care.
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