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Tooth Extraction: A week ago I had upper right molar extracted.

There is a large piece of skin halfway off in the gum area. Food keeps getting caught in it also ...Visitor from OK

It is likely that food material may have caused the soft tissue to tear. It would be a good idea to have that tissue removed and determine if any suturing is needed to prevent infection.

While eating soft foods after an extraction is commonly recommended to assure food particulates don't accumulate in the extraction site, a popular alternative is to have a socket graft performed.

Grafting material is used to completely fill out the extraction site which essentially eliminates all of the concerns of waiting for a socket to regenerate tissue on its own and aslo eliminates the probability of a dry socket.

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