2 months ago had abscessed tooth removed. No problem till a week ago when a shard of the tooth started emerging from the gum which became tender and started aching. Dentist was going to remove it when doing preparation work for a bridge, but didn't. Pain has been increasing and dentist has refused to do anything until the bridge is ready to be put on when he will file the protruding bit off. Meantime I have put myself on amoxillin to stop the pain. My question is should I ask to have the piece or pieces cleaned out before the bridge is fixed on next wednesday or just trust that 'everything will be alright'?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 13 - November - 2011, at 23:03 PM

  • If a splinter of tooth is emerging out from gums, then you have to get it removed before you get dental bridge. A small fragment of tooth may have remained during tooth extraction and now it is emerging from the gums. If it is less than 5mm in size and is non-infected, then only it can be left there to resorb. Otherwise, it is important to remove the tooth fragment. It can lead to infection later on if not removed.  If it is not a tooth but a bony flake which has emerged after tooth extraction, then dentist can smoothen it or remove it before giving dental bridge. Talk to your dentist to remove it or file it before giving dental bridge. For more info on how do bridges work, refer to…   http://www.identalhub.com/article_how-do-bridges-work-225.aspx

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