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    hole in a gum

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by erebh, Apr 25, 2013.

    Does anyone know the name of the hole left in a gum when a tooth is removed?

    Please don't say cavity, I'm looking for better - thanks
     
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    Socket
     
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    I don't think there's a noun for it. It probably be better to say what kind of tooth is missing i.e. canine tooth, wisdom tooth, etc.
     
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    Yes, it is a socket. That's why they call it "dry socket"...
     
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    The socket is the recess in the jawbone where the roots extend. I would guess what you're looking for is a gum cavitation or gingival cavitation. there may be other words than cavitation, though, depending on the cause and whether it is infected.
     
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    Damn, would've said socket too. Gum cavitation or gingival cavitation would look sort of clunky, but if that's the correct term, then...

    I do wonder what erebh is writing based on his grammar questions. At this point I know it includes spears and missing teeth.
     
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    There's a gruesome, horribly detailed description waiting to happen right there. I'd opt for more than just one word...
     
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    Assuming it's not a disease issue, then a hole in the gum left by an extracted tooth is... a hole in the gum, or extraction hole.

    Googling produced diddly as a dental term.
     
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    HAHA! Imagine a morgue full of corpes, some human, some vampire, some lycan. A quick way to spot a dead vampire is to open the mouth, look for signs of fangs, or a hole where fangs can sprout...

    Well spotted KaTrian...
     
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    From the section titled, "What happens to your jaw after an extraction?" at this URL http://doctorspiller.com/Extractions/extractions.htm
     

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