If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted, you may be asking yourself “What’s the white stuff in my extraction site?”. The white tissue is called granulation tissue and it’s an important part of the healing process. If you’re worried about the granulation tissue present at your extraction site, it’s important to understand what it is, why it’s there, and whether there’s anything you need to do about it.
What is the white tissue at your extraction site?
The white tissue lining your extraction site is granulation tissue. Granulation tissue is formed when the body starts to heal a wound. It’s made up of new blood vessels, connective tissue, and cells that are working to create new skin. Granulation tissue usually forms after a blood clot has disappeared, which is when most of our patients will usually notice it.
Why does granulation tissue occur?
The presence of granulation tissue at your extraction site is a good sign. It means that the body is healing properly and that the wound is on its way to being closed up with new skin being formed. Granulation tissue works by bringing new blood vessels and cells to the wound site. This helps to speed up the healing process and to replace any lost tissue.
Is white tissue a concern?
As mentioned above, granulation tissue is a good sign. However, there are some cases in which white stuff around the site of an extraction can be a bad sign. Look out for these symptoms:
- Visible bone in the socket
- White pus around the extraction site
- Pain around the site
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Redness or swelling in the surrounding tissues
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please consult with your dentist. These could be signs of an infection and may require treatment. Otherwise, there is no need to worry about the white tissue at your extraction site. It’s a normal part of the healing process and it’s nothing to be concerned about.
How long will white tissue be present?
The white tissue at your extraction site might appear anywhere from 12 hours to one week after your tooth extraction, and will usually start to disappear about two weeks after the extraction. If it persists beyond that time, you should consult with your dentist, as this may be a sign of an infection, particularly if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.
Do I need to do anything about it?
There’s no need to do anything about granulation tissue – it will eventually go away on its own. You should avoid touching or picking at it because you don’t want to disturb this delicate tissue while it’s healing. It’s also important to keep the site of your extraction clean, as this means that your body can heal without being attacked by germs, bacteria, and other sources of possible infection.
If the site of your extraction hurts excessively, starts to bleed, or becomes inflamed, these are all signs that you should contact your dentist.
Worried? Get in touch
If you’re worried about your tooth extraction, please don’t worry alone. You can always get in touch with us at John Cropley Dentistry. We offer a wide range of gentle, compassionate dentistry services including both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. If you’re experiencing pain or swelling after a tooth extraction, we can take a look and make sure that everything is healing just as it should. Call us today on (02) 4981 3114.