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Small hole in the side of my gum after extraction: I had my lower back tooth pulled 4 days ago.

I noticed as soon as the numbness went away that day that I have a small hole in the side of my gum where the tooth was pulled. It has sharp pieces of something in it like bone. And it kinda hurts.

I know its not supposed to be there and it seems to be getting bigger. I would like to know what this is and if I need to see a dentist. ...Visitor from NC

It sounds like you have small slivers of bone moving around in the gum tissue, which is not uncommon after an extraction.

They will normally come out of the gum tissue on their own but can be uncomfortable. If a bone sliver stops moving it would be best to have your dentist remove it.

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