Caring for Your Gums After a Tooth Extraction

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April 4, 2017

Two children eating ice cream cones.Going to the dentist was very hard for my kiddos, especially after getting a tooth pulled. They were extremely afraid of the blood after the tooth was extracted.


After going to the dentist, one thing I did was to buy them ice cream. The coldness of the ice cream can minimize the blood flow out from the mouth where the tooth has been extracted. Besides, it is one treat that they are brave enough to go to the dentist for.

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May 1, 2010

Has anyone had gray looking skin where a tooth was extracted rather harshly? I had stitches put in was so bad. They said the front bottom tooth had double roots. But three days later, the gum on one out of six pulled is gray and nasty looking.

The doctor says, without looking at it, "sounds fine come in first thing Monday morning". I am just wondering if I'm the only one who has had the tissue turn gray after having teeth extracted.


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May 1, 20100 found this helpful

Gargle with salt water to encourage healthy healing after every meal.

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May 1, 20101 found this helpful

Take your vitamins, especially Vitamin C, and gargle also with dilution of hydrogen peroxide for healing. You can also go to the health food store and buy gum therapy drops with myrrh and apply those. Gums SHOULD be pink for health! There may be an infection. Does it hurt? Is it swollen? You may have to ask for antibiotics over the weekend, or at least take golden seal!

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May 1, 20100 found this helpful

I have always been told to rinse with salt water every so often. I can't remember how often anymore because I have had dentures since 1984.


But before that, every time I had an extraction I was told to rinse with salt water.

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May 2, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for all inputs. Gum is swollen, does hurt, have been using salt water, doc closed since Thursday won't open back up till Monday. But, i have apt first thing tomorrow morning so hope it's normal. if not will deff ask for script.

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May 4, 20100 found this helpful

I have had many teeth extracted but never had any problem, my gums are red. The only thing I can think of is you might have dry cell anemia in the gum. I had this once and it was painful. It's where the stitches are trying to heal the cut and an infection is there.


But my gum didn't go grey. I went to the doctor as the dentist wouldn't give me antibiotics. He actually told me. I took antibiotics and, presto, no more problems.

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May 4, 20100 found this helpful

My guess would be that it is either bruising or dead tissue. I would think that both of these are normal side effects of a rough extraction.

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December 18, 20180 found this helpful

So is it normal for ur guns to turn light grey 3 days after having a tooth pulled I have stitches

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March 28, 20210 found this helpful

Do not use peroxide it can delay or
Prevent healing

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March 15, 2016

I had my wisdom teeth removed and I have a pocket that has grey-white tissue. Is it dry socket? Is it normal?


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March 15, 20160 found this helpful

You should have your dentist check your gums immediately for any possible problem. Better to address a problem now than find a more difficult and expensive problem later!



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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

All healthy gum tissue should be pink.

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March 19, 20160 found this helpful

Please contact your dentist. You do not want to have complications, and no, it is not normal.

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January 31, 2014

I just had three teeth removed. In the process of removing a molar a very small piece of a root broke off. The dentist said it would not hurt to leave it where it is. Is this OK?

By Bernard D.


January 31, 20140 found this helpful

This can happen occasionally. Usually they work out. My husband was having pieces of root work out of his gums for several years after he got his dentures.


I have heard of this happening with other people too.

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February 2, 20140 found this helpful

Usually works itself out, but if it gets painful go back to the dentist.

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February 29, 2016

I had an upper molar, 5th tooth from the right, pulled and the dentist forgot to take the whole tooth from top of the gum, a part was left. Eating food made it infected and I have to wait to get it pulled because the dentist isn't available according to the company.

They drained the infection. What can I put over the hole so food won't get inside it and hurt it again?


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September 9, 20170 found this helpful

there are different things folks do with their teeth that can help

  • i'm not sure anything can be put in the hole per se, save an actual crown/whatever, but I have seen different sorts of cover-up products in the pharmacy, such as temporary at home fillings. I believe they are less than $10. Just go to the dental section of the pharmacy to see where they sell temporary fillings
  • oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice which works great not only to keep infections at bay but also to deodorize your mouth. You take a tablespoonful of oil, swish it in your mouth and make sure to feel the oil go between your teeth. It will go into the tooth area and clean it out
  • i know many people who also gargle with over the counter hydrogen peroxide. I know folks who have managed to make an infection go away by doing this.
  • garlic is a great natural anti-infection agent. YOu can put a clove of garlic on the affected area when you feel it acting up.
  • in general if you are religious about cleaning, gargling, oil pulling etc after eating you should hopefully avoid problems
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November 18, 2013

All my teeth have been pulled. How do I clean my gums?

By Jessica


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November 19, 20130 found this helpful

I am assume this extraction process is before dentures. Your dentist should have advised you. Rinse your mouth often as if you have teeth. Warm saline water (not strong salt). You can purchase at the drugstore a product call glyoxide which is used for elderly/ill people needing careful mouth care. Ask your pharmacist for suggestions.

The next step is to swab your mouth clean, like you would an infant, small child. Gentle piece of gauze or thin washcloth, wipe out the mouth. With a baby/child, you would wipe each tooth with the gauze.

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January 14, 2015

Following your dentist's instructions is important after a tooth extraction. Make sure you eat foods that will aid in healing. This is a page about eating after having teeth pulled.

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