The Cotton Is Still Left In The Tooth Extraction Hole, Is It Dangerous?

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good afternoon .. u003cbr u003e4 days ago I did my molars extraction u003cbr u003edan until now, the remnants of cotton are still living in the hole that was just pulled out, and it is very difficult to remove it even though it has been pulled with the tongue, is it not dangerous if forced by brushing your teeth? and is it okay to stay inside?

1 Answer:

Hello Ika,


Extraction of the molars will leave a tooth socket that exposes the bone and nerves underneath. When pulling a tooth, bleeding usually occurs, so the doctor gives a cotton swab or other material to bite off within a few minutes. Pressing on the wound area will help the blood clot form. This blood clot is expected to cover the existing tooth socket so that it prevents the bones and nerves underneath from being exposed (dry socket) or infected due to the insertion of food, for example. Usually after that, the patient is asked to pull out and dispose of the whole cotton, unless what is used is a sponge-like material that can be absorbed by the body and is deliberately left in the wound. Existing cotton can be taken using clean hands or if there is anything left, you can try it with the help of clean tweezers. If the remaining cotton is a little, maybe it can be helped by gargling to remove it. The remaining cotton should not be left in the wound, because after all, it is a foreign object that can harbor germs.


A complication that can occur due to the leaving of a foreign object (cotton) in the tooth socket is gossypiboma. Usually the patient feels a lumpy foreign body sensation. Other symptoms that arise are when the infection occurs when the gums are swollen, painful, pus comes out of the tooth extraction marks, or it could be symptomatic at a later date.


If the remaining cotton is quite a lot and it is difficult to remove it, you should come back to the dentist for wound control and remove the remaining cotton. Some things that must be considered after undergoing a tooth extraction procedure include:

Bite the gauze or cotton that is given about 45 -60 minutes
Don't rinse your mouth in the first hours after pulling a tooth. In the first 24 hours you should not rinse too hard so that the blood clot does not come out.
Don't drink using a straw
Eat softer foods for a while
Avoid smoking
Avoid using KB pills for a while
Take medication that has been prescribed by your doctor

That's all the explanation from me, hopefully it's useful.


Dr. Saphira Evani

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