Bone spicules often occur after having your wisdom teeth removed, but can occur with the extraction of any of your teeth. More often than not, they work themselves out and are fine within a few weeks or sometimes months, but on occasion they may become infected or cause you a great deal of pain. The symptoms are fairly easy to identify in most cases.
When you have had your wisdom teeth removed, you may find that within a few days or even weeks, there are bony bumps that you can feel with your tongue. These are bone spicules. For the most part, they are simply a little bit annoying, but can be very tender and painful if they become infected. Another possible symptom is that the bone fragment actually does stick out of the gums. When this happens, it can lead to a great deal of pain. It can irritate the inside of your mouth, making it very uncomfortable to eat, talk, or even to live life normally.
Also make sure to watch for signs of infection. If there is any swelling at the site, you will need to see your dentist or oral surgeon. If you have a lot of pain that will not go away, you will need to seek attention for the problem. It is very important to get these things looked at as soon as they start to cause problems, as infections could lead to much more serious problems.
If you feel either of these symptoms and you have had a tooth or some teeth recently extracted, it is important to see your dentist or oral surgeon immediately. While many of these problems do take care of themselves, there are those that do not, and it is better to be safe than sorry. On occasion, your oral surgeon may be able to file down or remove the bone spicules so that you can go on with your life more easily and with less pain.
It is important to see your dentist or oral surgeon if there are any complications at all with any tooth extraction, and bone spicules are just one of many complications that can occur. The best thing that you can do is to work closely with your oral surgeon or dentist both before and after any kind of tooth extraction so that you can minimize. It can also alleviate any worries that you may have because your doctor can let you know any possible side effects.