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Wisdom tooth extraction: normal healing
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Wisdom tooth extraction: normal healing

I had all four wisdom teeth extracted yesterday morning and have followed my oral surgeon's post-op care instructions carefully. I frequently check to see that the blood clots are intact, and today I noticed a whitish-yellow substance in the lower sockets, on top of the blood clots. Is this normal, and if it is bacteria, is it harmful?
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Your surgeon should be available to handle your immediate post-operative questions.  

What you are describing may be normal fibrin forming over the clot.  If you are experiencing worsening pain, swelling or foul discharge from the socket you should call your doctor.

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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