I had molar
19 extracted about 6 weeks ago, after two failed root canals
(over the course of several years). The dentist
found an abscess
at the root tip on the x-Ray and said that the tooth was also cracked. He could not save the tooth and sent me to an implant specialist. The extraction took place 6 weeks ago, and a bone graft was done immediately after the tooth was extracted. I was placed on Amoxocillcin for a couple days prior to the extraction, and finished the course as directed. I was also given a chlorhexadine rinse to use, as well as warm salt water rinses. A week after the extraction, I developed a horrible taste in my mouth, and a low grade fever. The specialist removed the sutures, and said that it was food trapped under the sutures. The smell and taste went away, but the gum never closed. On follow up exam a week later, the specialist said that he would have liked to see it healed more, and said he needed to go in again, to "rough up the graft area". He opend it up again, did whatever he did, and sutured it back up. It's now 3 weeks since that second procedure, and I still have a dull ache
in the socket, the gum is still wide open, and I have a bad taste again in my mouth. Almost like a metallic, blood type taste. I asked for x-rays last time, and he said nothing was of concern on the x-Ray. I strongly feel that something is wrong. It's not normal that the gum has not closed at all, I can see particles of the bone graft, the dull ache continues, and now the bad taste again. Please advice what I should do at this point. I would like for him to take care of this once and for all. I will NOT be getting an implant after all this either. No way. Is there a cat scan I can ask for or a different imaging modality?