My husband went to get his dentures and have his front teeth pulled. The dentist could not get his 2 top canines out, so he sawed them off at the gumline, and put the dentures in. My husband is diabetic and heals slowly. He also gets infections easliy. The dentist said that the gums would hopefuly grow around the cut off teeth and that would avoid infection. The exposed nerves are causing serious pain. Is this procedure normal? What can we do to ease the pain?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 30 - January - 2011, at 08:10 AM

  • Sometimes when the dentist is unable to remove the roots because of some reason, then they are left but in that case the root are treated so that pain is not there. But normally, the dentist tries to remove the roots as later on they can cause problems like swelling and infection and in case of diabetic patients it is always a chance. It is better you take second opinion from an Oral Surgeon. For the time being for pain relief, first of all keep the dentures and mouth clean, use some good antimicrobial mouthwash. He can do warm saline rinses 2-3 times a day and take some pain killer for pain relief. For more info on dentures, you can read the following article...

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