Full mouth extraction

I had 22 teeth removed 3 weeks ago today. I noticed about a week ago several spots that looked like teeth popping through the gums. I knew about bone spurs and assumed that was what these were. A couple of them did come out easily by rubbing with my tounge. I now have 11 spots that have caused full holes to open (8 in my lower gums, that had been completely closed up by stitches). They are very hard and would need to be pulled out to be removed. Are these considered bone spurs? Is it normal to have that many of them? I had to go back last week because of nerve damage to my lower lip and chin so that he could test the level of damage. I hadn't really looked at the gums in several days but couldn't wear my temporary dentures because of pain. That night i started feeling around and that's when i really noticed these white painful spots starting to open holes. Why didn't the surgeon mention them to me that day?

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Answer: Full mouth extraction

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

It is difficult to say if the areas are in fact bone spurs and if they are the reason the tissue is "opening".  With that many teeth removed at one time, there is guaranteed to be some excess bone that will make its way out.  Bone spurs are a result of bone that fills in between the teeth and roots of the posterior teeth in order to support them in the mandible or maxilla.  Once the teeth are removed, the bone can become dislodged and will work its way out similar to a splinter.  Sometimes they have to be removed depending on the size and amount of discomfort they are causing.  If it is causing pain to a point where it is difficult to wear your denture, call your treating dentist and have them removed.  The surgeon may not have mentioned them because many times they will come out on their own or because of the complications with your nerve, may not want to numb you again this soon.  This is a simple procedure and should not be an additional cost to you.  

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