Well I am glad that you saw an oral surgeon and had it evaluated. The bone chips are called bony fragments or slight bony protrusions. These are actually tiny slivers of bone that have splintered from the bony socket. These occur when there is excessive force used to remove a tooth and or the bone was deteriorating prior to the extraction and the fragments are remnants of unhealthy bone that were not removed during the extraction.
It would be helpful to get blood flowing in that area to help speed the healing. However, instead of your finger, you could use a very soft toothbrush and just very gently massage the gum with it. Whichever you use, it's important to make sure it's very clean.
Hopefully you will not be bothered by this while on vacation!!
Keep us posted.........and have a great time!
Originally Posted by Jessiangel
Well I finally went to see an oral surgeon yesterday. Turns out I don't have an abscess. He said the area actually looks like it is healing well. I guess the pimple on the gum and bleeding, he believes is being caused by bone chips that are stuck in the socket area (I hope I understood him correctly). He said alot of times it can cause inflammation. He said the pimple on the gum is gone, but there's a tiny little hole that he thinks bone may have come out of. He said the body will try to push the bone chips (he actually had a name for them) out on their own, but if they don't come out in a week, he wants to make an incision and clean the area out. He also told me to wash my hands really good, wet my finger and massage the gum above the area to bring blood to it to help speed up the healing. And the sinus issue I was having seems to either be healed or is healing really well too. I guess according to him, oral surgeons have more skill with extracting teeth and aren't as barbaric as my dentist was (my words, not his). I go back tomorrow and he will evaluate it again before I leave on vacation. He also seemed to genuinely care about how distraught I have been. Refreshing change from what I've been dealing with the last 6 weeks! Thanks again Bryanna!