If you needed a tooth extraction, and your dentist could not get the whole tooth out, you’re not alone. Many dentists lack the experience and the skill to remove difficult teeth. Teeth that have had root canals, have long roots, or are ankylosed (fused) to your bone tissue are nightmares to take out for a lot of dental practitioners. In this article, we will address this topic, and what to do if your dentist fails to remove your entire tooth.
What happens if my dentist couldn’t pull my tooth?
If you still have remnants of your tooth structure after your dental procedure, then you need to find a dental professional who is able to surgically remove whatever your previous dentist couldn’t remove. Root tissue left underneath your gum tissue can ultimately lead to infection, among other oral health problems. Please make sure you seek an expert in tooth extractions if this has happened to you.
What are some symptoms I can get if my dentist couldn’t remove my tooth.
If you still tooth roots left over from your surgery, you can have the following symptoms:
- Bad taste inside your mouth
- Swollen glands
Remember that leftover tooth fragments can lead to dental emergencies, and need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Why couldn’t my dentist properly remove my tooth?
There are many reasons why your dentist was unable to remove your entire tooth structure. Let’s go over the top reasons now:
- Tooth was fused to your bone: Some teeth (known as ankylosed teeth) are completely fused to your bone structure. If your dentist is not a specialist in tooth removal procedure, he or she will struggle to remove the entire tooth and may have to refer you to an oral surgeon to have the entire tooth extracted.
- Lack of Experience: Some dentist (old and young) lack the proper experience to remove teeth. Maybe their office does not perform tooth extractions on a daily basis, and hence their experience is limited in taking out difficult teeth.
- A tooth with a previous root canal: Teeth that have had root canals and have broken down are harder to remove than normal teeth. A root canal makes the tooth more brittle and susceptible to fracture during the extraction process making it more of a task for your dentist to remove the entire tooth.
- Access: Some teeth are situated so far back in the mouth, that some dentists have difficulty accessing the tooth properly. Without proper training, it may be hard for the dentist to see what they are doing.
How should a dentist remove a broken down tooth?
If the crown component of your tooth breaks off, your dentist need to take the following steps to completely remove what is leftover after your tooth breaks down:
- Reflect the gum tissue back: your dentist should use a surgical blade to cut back on your gum tissue
- Remove bone tissue: A small amount of bone tissue may need to be removed if the root remnants are situated within the jawbone.
- Dental instruments to remove what is left: Elevators and forceps will next be used to help remove the entire tooth structure from its bony crypt. If there is infected tissue within the leftover socket, they will need to clean that out as well. Irrigation will be completed after this step.
- Sutures: Your dentist will then need to stitch your gum tissue together to ensure proper healing after the procedure is completed.
If your dentist couldn’t properly remove your tooth, then come see our experts at Best Dental. We will extract what is leftover to help you get the healing process back on the right track. If you happen to be in the Houston area, come visit our team today for any of your tooth extraction needs.