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    Suppose you went through your wisdom tooth extraction but now whenever you touch your tongue on gums, you feel a pointy edge. You can easily mistake it for a broken tooth but this could be the sign that a fragment of your jawbone is coming through the gums.

    Sharp Bone Sticking Out of Gum

    Exposed bone in gums after tooth extraction can happen due to a condition known as “dry socket” or alveolar osteitis. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that usually forms in the socket after tooth extraction is dislodged before the wound fully heals.

    This leaves the underlying bone exposed to air, food particles, and bacteria, causing pain and delaying the normal healing process post-extraction. But sometimes, it happens due to the leftover bone fragments inside the gum tissue after the procedure.

    Causes of Dental Bone Spur Post-Extraction

    Dental bone spurs happen after extraction. Potential causes of it can be:

    1. Incomplete Healing:
      If the extraction site doesn’t heal completely, it can form bone spurs. Factors like incorrect blood clot formation, infection, or improper post-extraction care can cause incomplete healing.
    2. Residual Tooth or Root Fragments:
      When tiny fragments of the extracted tooth or its root are left behind. These leftovers irritate the gums causing bone spurs to form.
    3. Forceful Extraction:
      Aggressive or forceful extraction surgeries can cause injury to the neighboring tissues. This triggers unusual bone growth to heal.
    4. Improper Blood Clot Formation:
      Formation of a disruption or premature dislodgment of the blood clot can prevent complete healing and develop bone spurs.
    5. Infection:
      Post-extraction infections can disrupt the normal healing process and accelerate the formation of bone spurs. Infections can result from bad oral hygiene or previous dental problems.
    6. Bone Remodeling Response:
      The body’s natural healing mechanism can allow bone spurs to form in gums. This can happen as part of the usual bone remodeling process after tooth extraction.

    How to Remove Bone Fragments from Gums at Home?

    Attempting to remove bone fragments at home is highly restricted. This removal must be performed by a seasoned dental professional. If you suspect there are bone fragments in your gums after a dental extraction, you can take the following steps:

    • Avoid attempting to remove bone fragments yourself. Allow a dental professional to take care of it for you in a controlled setting. They can avoid complexities like excessive bleeding and oral infections.
    • Contact your dentist immediately to report your symptoms and seek professional guidance. They will inspect the extraction site and take the required action.
    • Follow the prescribed medicines and care guidelines religiously.
    • Restrict yourself from poking the extraction site with your fingers or any objects. This helps avoid irritation and prevent infections.
    • Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. This can help keep the area clean and relieve pain.
    • Adhere to follow-up appointments. Your dentist will evaluate the healing progress, address any concerns, and treat any newfound issues.

    Concluding Thoughts

    Your healing process can be altered due to various factors. However, stay calm and contact our skilled oral surgeon Dr. Azhar at Pasadena Oral Surgery. She specializes in tooth extractions and issues related to it. Dial (281) 299-0053 to schedule a visit.

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