My 3rd molar was jutting out into the cheek, so my dentist suggested that I get it removed. During extraction, part of the tooth broke off and the root is still in the gum. My dentist says it is ok to leave it in, and that it will not cause any harm. Does this make sense or should I get a second opinion? Is it ok to leave part of the tooth in?
3rd Molar Broke During Extraction. Is It Ok to Leave Part of the Tooth in the Gum?
Doctor Answers 2
Leave and monitor
If half or more if the root has broken
If the tooth shows signs of an abscess on the X-ray
If the broken piece is small , ideally the end third of the root , then it is acceptable to leave the tooth as it is and monitor over time. Very often with time, the broken piece will come up closer to the gum and will be easier to remove. If you decide to leave it, watch for signs of pain/ swelling.
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