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Root tip left behind after tooth extraction

By Jessica 6/29/2011 9:54:24 AM
I had a tooth removed over a year ago. It has since healed. However, over the last couple of days I began to feel something sticking out of my gums in the extraction site. I have been told it is a root tip that was left behind. Is it difficult to remove? Will it come out naturally or does it require cutting my gums open? Can it merely be pulled out with tweezers? I HATE having dental work done and am hoping it will come out naturally. Any advice would be incredibly helpful!
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 6/29/2011 9:54:24 AM

Whether the root tip which is left behind will come out naturally or gum has to be cut open depends on how deep the root is. If it has come up and is small part of root then it can come out also and can be picked up by tweezer under topical anesthesia but if whole root is there and it is deep seated then gum has to be cut open and root tip will be surgically removed. For this you better go to an Oral Surgeon who will take xray and after condition and location of root will decide the treatment plan. This is prettly common thing and daily work for an oral surgeon. For more info on tooth extraction you can read this article... www.identalhub.com/article_ways-of-tooth-extractions-150.aspx


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