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Old 12-26-2017, 12:29 AM  
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Hi Melly,

It's not cancer. You have an overgrowth of granulation tissue, possibly some splintering bone and possibly infection. You also have a build up of plaque.

Did an oral surgeon remove these teeth? If not, then it would behoove you to consult with an oral surgeon, not a general dentist. You would need your pre op xrays for that consult. I would find an oral surgeon this week and get in asap as the tissue will continue to grow and it's easier to take care of this before that happens. Keep rinsing with the warm salt water, be sure to brush and floss all of your other teeth. If you smoke, stop because that can exacerbate the overgrowth of tissue, and prolong or prohibit the healing.

It's best to eat as healthy as possible... avoid processed foods and sugar. Drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day to stay well hydrated.

Hope this information helps.


Originally Posted by Mellymc22 View Post
Hi there! I'm new to this site and I am an otherwise healthy thirty-six-year-old mom (well I say healthy but I have autoimmune issues). Anyway I recently had to lower back molars extracted. Everything went fine but about 8 Days post extraction I started noticing a veiny reddish bump growing on one part of my back extraction. I'm absolutely terrified that it's an infection or oral cancer. Of course since it's the holidays I can't get in to see the oral surgeon until Wednesday and I'm driving myself insane. The growth has grown quite a bit in the past few days and its reddish pink with red veins. It's soft squishy and movable. I don't know if it's just extra gum tissue or if it's an infection or cancer. I'm currently 13 days post extraction and there's not really any pain. I have been diligent with the salt water rinses. Can someone please help?
I've attached a picture if you can look at it. I would appreciate any advice or help. This is giving me so much anxiety and I just want to enjoy Christmas with my kids!

***I have been in the dental profession for over 3 decades. I am an educator, trainer and extensively experienced in chair side assisting and dental radiography. The information that I provide here is my opinion based on my professional experience and is not meant to be taken as medical advice.***
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