I just had a wisdom tooth (on the bottom) extracted on Monday. I followed all of the dentists' instructions post-surgery, but I somehow still lost my blood clot today while I was at work. I had cottage cheese for lunch, as my dentist said that was safe, and when I checked the extraction site in the mirror afterwards I noticed that not only did it appear that the clot was gone, but there were some cottage cheese pieces sitting on the extraction site. I had no toothpicks and had to go back to work immediately, so I rinsed with salt water and then went back to work. I waited until I got home to use the toothpick, but now it appears that the food is gone. I rinsed with the oral mouthwash the dentist gave me, but I am really nervous that a) the food is stuck in the extraction site, and b) that I now have a dry socket.
The extraction site appears to still be a purplish color, so perhaps the blood clot just sunk a bit? I am not experiencing a great deal of pain right now, either, so I am not sure what to do. Am I ok? Do I need to go to the dentist to get this checked out? Please help. Thanks!!