How can I prevent trapped food in my gum after wisdom tooth removal? (photo)
Hi, I have surgically removed my right bottom wisdom teeth 3 weeks ago. I realised that food is trapping on the right side, between the last molar and the gum at the side of the cheek. Will food get pushed into the "hole" under the gum, where the wisdom tooth used to be, and get stuck inside?
From the picture you have sent in, it does seem that there is a " hole " in the gum where food can fall in and get stuck inside. What you could do is to get from your dentist an irrigation syringe and blunt needle to flush out food that gets in there.
Alternatively, you could visit your dentist during this period of healing to get him to use his dental equipment to flush out the food.
Do note that this problem will not be permanent as the gums will fully regenerate and the " hole" will no longer be there.
I hope this answer helps and I wish you a speedy recovery!
Dr Gerald Tan