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Tooth, surface healed. Witnessed bad smell around, sour appeared on gum. How to get rid of bad smell?

i got rid of a tooth and the surface healed.after some time, i started witnessing a rotten egg smell from the area the tooth was rooted off, and a sour appeared on my gum on top of another teeth. since then, the bad breath won't go away.How do i get rid of the smell emanating from the gum?

Asked On : Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

After reading your history i can say you have developed Dry socket at the extraction site.

dry socket is the dull aching concdition caused due to dislodgement of blood clot from the extraction site which exposes the alveolar bone to the oral environment leading to infection.

Traumatic and long standing surgical extraction also end up in forming dry socket.

dry socket along with super infection leads to pain , fowl odour , discomfort and restricted mouth opening .

i would suggest you to consult a dentist , as the socket needs currettage to remove the infection and induce frsh blood to accelerate healing .

Zinc oxide eugenol pack is applied as a dressing and it is replaced every 2 to 3 days till the symptoms subside.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
You should take care of the extracted tooth socket. Use warm saline gargle 3-4 times a day for 1 week. Do not allow food particles to lodge in the socket. Brush twice daily. If there is pain in the region consult your dentist as it could be a dry socket which cud be treated by placing a packing with medication in the socket which should be replaced around three times a week.

Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
THe foul smell from the unhealed extraction socket is due to the dry socket developed.
I would suggest you to maintain good oral hygiene.
Rinse your mouth after every meals.
Gargle frequently using warm saline and betadine rinse.
Take complete course of antibiotics.
Brush your teeth twice daily.
Dressing the socket using ZOE/iodoform gauze may be helpful.
Get your teeth cleaned and decayed teeth restored.
Maintain good oral hygiene.
Take care.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

After reading your clinical history i suppose that you might have developed a Dry Socket with your healing extraction wound. it is painful condition and occurs when the blood clot gets dislodged and the healing wound is exposed to atmosphere, to rule out this you need to visit the Dentist and get an x-ray done.

The dentist will place some medicaments in the socket to promote healing.
You maintain a good oral hygiene, use antiseptic mouthwash rinses and lukewarm saline gargles.
Take complete course of antibiotics and analgesics.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sushma Rajesh's  Response

Thanks for posting your query.

I understand that you had an extraction done. But you have not mentioned when was it extracted? If the socket has not healed and there is foul smelling discharge from the healing socket then you may have something called as Dry socket. In this case the healing may become prolonged. In this case you just need to go to your dentist who inturn will put some medication in the socket to promote quick healing.

But if the soreness and odour is coming from another tooth, the cause of the problem may be another tooth. You may have an abscess which may be draining which can also give bad taste/odour.

I would advise you to see your dentist to analyze the cause and get it treated.Meanwhile do lukewarm saline rinses.Hope I answered your query.

Take care

Dr.Sushma Rajesh
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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