Had a molar extracted and bone graft done about 3 months ago. Now my jaw bone is poking through gum.

I had a molar extracted and bone graft done about 3 months ago. Now my jaw bone is extruding out of my gum beside my tongue and it's very painful. Is this normal? Is it fixable? Will the gum grow back?

Doctor Answers 3

Issue with bone graft

It happens sometimes, that the bone particles or pieces of bone make through the gums and start poking you.  In many instances it does not indicate a bone graft failure.  Just go back to that dentist, to evaluate it.  It's a  very easy fix, bone can be smoothed out and the gum can grow back, and you will not feel discomfort anymore.  Different people heal differently. 


Los Angeles Dentist
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Jawbone seems to be poking through the gums

It's not unusual after having an extraction and graft to have small particles of bone come out through the gum.
These particles can be quite sharp and if you need to have them removed, it's a very easy procedure.

I hope you pronounce information to be helpful,
Dr. Champagne

Bone projection out of gum after extraction

sometimes sharp legdes of bone could poke thru thin gingiva 

or this could be because if bone sloughing off as a result of healing compromised due to some medications 

Go back to your surgeon , specially if this has been there for a long time and is naking your tongue uncomfortable. 

The sharp bony ledge could be filed down. So then the gum would have a chance to grow over it.....

Elly Tehrani, DMD, MSD
Toronto Periodontist
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