I’m worried. I had an excruciating dental appointment to “remove” my wisdom teeth. It took several hours and in the end, he didn’t even finish. He had one tooth he couldn’t get. In fact, he broke the tooth trying. He said he removed some bone trying to get it out. I don’t know if that’s going to make me look weird. Also, what about the roots he left there, will I get an infection?
I can’t believe this was your experience. I’ve heard of patients with these type of horror stories, but normally they come from people who’ve had dental care outside of our country. For a dentist here to be that irresponsible infuriates me.
There are times that dentists attempt wisdom teeth extractions on their own and realize they’re out of their depth. But, the standard, in that case, is for the dentist to send the patient to an oral surgeon to complete the job.
There are rare occasions when leaving a root is useful. Sometimes the root is in a precarious placement near a nerve or your sinus cavity. In those cases, you could do more damage by removing them.
Should You Leave the Wisdom Teeth Is?
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted. I haven’t seen your x-rays so I can’t tell you if yours needed to be. But, given the situation you’re in, I want you to see an oral surgeon. They’ll do x-rays first to determine the best course of action. If they find it beneficial to your health, they’ll finish removing your wisdom teeth.
As for the bone loss, unless you have gum disease the bone will probably grow back. You didn’t say how much of your teeth he left. I will be honest that the larger the piece the greater the risk of complications such as a cyst forming or an infection at the site. Because of that, don’t put off going to see an oral surgeon.
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