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Will my gum tissue close up over the extraction site if clot falls out?...
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Will my gum tissue close up over the extraction site if clot falls out?

I asked this question is the dentist health forum but then I found this one. I figured this would be the more proper place and I thought it wouldn't hurt to get more insight.
My clot keeps falling out and I'm wondering if the gum tissue can still cover the hole without a clot. The clot is tan colored with some red in it and conitnues to fall out. I must be producing more clots because this occurs everyday. I am gentle when rinsing and brushing, and I don't know why it keeps falling out. I clinch my teeth at night and I think I must create a vacuum while I sleep so I can not do anything about that. I already got treated for dry socket. I don't smoke, use straws, rinse vigorously, poke, or spit. Actually I have been crazy careful. I don't think it is food because I rinse after eating and sometimes I can't see any at night, but it will be there in the morning. Also, one was annoying me so I went to the bathroom and saw that it was out of the extraction site. So I gently rinsed and it came out as I let the water drip out of my mouth. It was quite hard sort of like a very dense foam or something.

Thanks ahead of time.

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What you have may be something we call a "liver clot."  It is impossible to tell without a clinical examination.

These clots can persist and recur if they are not completely removed by the doctor.  In some rare cases they are a sign of an abnormality with the clotting mechanism in your body.  I suggest you see a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who would be more familiar with this issue then a general dentist.  If they suspect an abnormality they can order the appropriate blood tests.

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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