Left neck/ear lymph node swollen since feb 2018. Did food trap cause this?

Discussion in 'Oral Surgery' started by rjeoifir, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. rjeoifir


    Sep 2, 2018
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    Going to see doctor to check the lymph node. The swelling stays same, 1-2 cm.

    Sorry about this weird question.

    In Feb, I removed my lower impacted left wisdom tooth. When I tried to take care of the socket after surgery,
    I was not very careful. Some oatmeal grains stuck into the hole.
    I tried to rinse with water, used tweezer to pick up the grains, but I was not sure if it was all cleaned.
    I felt some stuck deeper inside and could not pick up anymore.

    After few months, the gum closed and now it looks like there was no tooth before.

    Is it possible that the hole can close, looks normal from outside, but still has a few grains trapped inside?

    My gum looks good.

    If the cause of my infection is food trap inside, maybe I will need another surgery to remove them.

    This is the x-ray picture taken in Aug. Can x ray show food trap?

    What can I do to make sure that there was no food left inside?

    Thank you very much!

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  2. rjeoifir

    honestdoc Verified Dentist

    Jun 14, 2018
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    You mouth is very efficient at rejecting unwanted contaminants. If you get food stuck in the extraction site, the soluble food will break down and exfoliate naturally. Obviously larger insoluble debris will traumatize the healing process. You will never have your gums close over any contaminants without swelling and/or irritation.
    honestdoc, Oct 13, 2018
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