Bone spur after wisdom tooth extraction?

This blogpost will answer questions about bone spur after wisdom tooth extraction. And will include the following topics: What are bone spurs?

Why Do I Have A Bone Spur In Mouth?

Symptoms of an oral bone spicule

Potential Complications of bone spur

Dental bone spicule causes

Is it normal to have bone fragments after tooth extraction?

Can I Do Something About My Bone Spur?

Will the bone spur go away on their own?

Treatment Options for bone spur

Can you treat an oral bone spicule yourself?

When to see a dentist about an oral bone spicule

Bone spur after wisdom tooth extraction?

Bone spicules are bony spurs or ledges found on the margins or on the tops of bones. Bone spurs can form as a result of bone injury or bone loss, such as those produced by osteoarthritis..

Bone spurs are found where two bones connect. Bone spicules can form in the mouth after tooth extraction or other types of oral surgery. Bone sequestra is a term used by certain dentists to describe this. This is your body’s technique of getting rid of any leftover bone from the tooth extraction site.

What are bone spurs?

Your orthodontist/dentist will carefully remove any debris and any bone pieces (bone spurs) that may remain in the socket after tooth extraction. Even after a thorough cleaning, a few obstinate bone particles remain in place.

Pain and swelling around the extraction site are caused by bone spurs or bone spicules. You may feel something pointy on the tongue if a bone sticks from their gums following a wisdom teeth extraction.

Why Do I Have A Bone Spur In Mouth?

Dental bone spurs, also known as bone spicules, are little fragments of bone that have come loose in the mouth. After a dental surgery, these bone fragments may form naturally, and as the body eliminates them, they may protrude through the surrounding soft tissues. Infection, illness, or damage to the mouth or surrounding bone are some of the other reasons of bone spurs.

As a result, you may get an irritating sensation of a sharp thing protruding from your gums, as well as pressure or unevenness inside your mouth. It may even feel like a loose tooth, which can be alarming to most people.

In addition to the unpleasant bone protruding, you may notice redness, swelling, or soreness at the site. It might become difficult to eat or use your mouth in a normal, healthy manner, and gum inflammation can occasionally lead to infection.

Symptoms of an oral bone spicule

Bone spurs in other places of the body may not produce any symptoms, but bone spicules in the mouth can be extremely evident.

Symptoms of an oral bone spicule include:

roughness on your gums

white bone-looking fragment stuck in your gums

pain in your mouth

discomfort (may feel like there are tiny, sharp flakes stuck in one area of your gums)

signs of infection, including






Potential Complications of bone spur

Although the presence of an unexpected thing in your gums may cause concern, be assured that your dental practitioner is well-equipped to identify and treat this issue. The bone spur may sprout from your gums on its own, but it may need to undergo treatment to avoid dental complications.

Complications associated with a bone spur in your gums may include:

Pain, discomfort, or irritation

Redness and swelling of your gums

Need for removal of the bone spur


Dental bone spicule causes

Dental bone spicules can occur in your mouth as a result of a variety of oral treatments. These treatments have the potential to cause trauma to the bone underlying a tooth or teeth.

The surrounding bone starts to repair itself immediately after an oral operation. However, bone pieces are sometimes left behind at the operation site. These bone fragments are sent away from the repairing bone and out of your body through your gums.

Procedures capable of causing bone spicules include:

Tooth extraction

improper tooth growth

broken or damaged tooth

painful tooth or teeth


gum disease

tooth decay

crowding or misalignment of teeth

need to make room for an orthodontic device, like braces

preventing future tooth problems (as is the case with some wisdom teeth)

Dental implants

Oral bone biopsy

Is it normal to have bone fragments after tooth extraction?

It’s typical for a bone to protrude from the gum following a wisdom teeth extraction, and you shouldn’t be concerned. These bone pieces will eventually work their way out of the gum tissues on their own, which can take up to a week.

While it is pretty normal to see an exposed bone coming out of a surgical site, some of them are extremely sharp and can cause pain and cuts to your tongue. You may also have gum sensitivity and discomfort. It is recommended that you book an appointment for your  bone spurs to be removed.

Can I Do Something About My Bone Spur?

Although you cannot remove a dental bone spur on your own, there are certain steps you may do to reduce the risk of infection. Maintaining a complete oral hygiene practice is always absolutely essential, so keep brushing and flossing to keep bacteria and plaque at bay.

Brush softly so that it doesn’t hurt the area where the bone spur is located. For optimal effects, follow up with an antibacterial/anti-inflammatory mouthwash.

Over-the-counter pain relievers might help assist if you have any swelling or discomfort. It’ll also help you relax until you can schedule an appointment with the dentist.

Will the bone spur go away on their own?

Bone spicules are very natural, so don’t be concerned.  They will often make their way out of the gum tissue on their own or be broken down by the body. The spicules may dissolve in a few weeks or around a month as a result of this natural process.

Sometimes the spicules don’t work out on their own, so you may have to go back to the dentist to have them removed if they’re bothersome

Treatment Options for bone spur

It’s easy to confuse a bone spur with a tooth piece or other tissue dislodged during an oral surgery. Following up with your dental professional for their expert advice and recommendations is your best chance.

Doctors should be able to tell if your condition is a bone spur and if it is serious enough to deserve treatment with a fast oral exam or radiographic picture such as an X-ray. If that’s the case, they’ll probably propose removing the bone spur to relieve your pain and prevent infection. Otherwise, they could keep an eye on the normal eruption of the undesired material from your gums to make sure it doesn’t cause any additional problems..

To avoid worsening the problem, you should:

If you try to remove the bone spur yourself, you risk damaging your gums or surrounding tissue, as well as causing infection.

Brushing lightly and being careful not to irritate your sensitive gums impacted areas should be part of your daily oral hygiene regimen.

Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. Rinse to remove any food particles, protect your gums, and combat infection.

To relieve swelling and discomfort, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers. Be careful to follow the directions on the package while using them.

To stay on top of your oral health, schedule regular appointments with your dentist at least once every six months.

Keep in mind that, while bone spurs might be stressful, your dentist is available to help with treatment or reassurance.

Can you treat an oral bone spicule yourself?

In the weeks following an oral surgery, the majority of oral bone spicules will find their way out of your gums as your mouth heals. Bone spicules can be managed at home in certain situations.

During the healing phase, tooth extraction and other oral operations might cause discomfort. Spicules of bone are no exception. If you’re suffering with bone spicule discomfort, try the following at-home remedies:

over-the-counter pain relievers

pain-relieving oral gel

warm saltwater rinses

Following oral surgery with good aftercare and during the healing process might help you avoid problems like dry socket and extra pain.

When to see a dentist about an oral bone spicule

Let your dentist know if you’re concerned about oral bone spicules. They might suggest that you come in for a consultation to see if surgical removal is right for you.

If you have indications of infection, such as face swelling, fever, or headache, see a doctor straight away. Also, if the spicule does not heal in 1 to 2 months or does not appear to be healing, contact your dentist.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Are bone spurs normal after wisdom teeth removal?

Yes, bone spurs are normal after wisdom teeth removal. Bone spurs are nothing to be afraid of and they usually go away on their own

What does a tooth bone spur feel like?

Tooth bone spur feels like a sharp pointed protrusion when felt with a finger or tongue.

Can I pull a bone spur out of my mouth?

No, you cannot pull a bone spur out of your mouth. You should not eve attempt to do so because this can lead to a spread of infection and give rise to more complications,

How do you get rid of bone spurs after tooth extraction?

Bone spurs usually go away on their own as the surgical site heals. If it does not, your dentist can easily remove it with a minor incision.

Are bone spurs painful?

Bone spurs that are bigger in size can become painful and may also cause swelling and inflammation.

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