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A nerve left behind

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Posted by: Vbedeshko  (6 years ago)
A week ago I had one of my teeth pulled. Due to the fact that it was a bad chipped tooth, it was pulled by pieces. The dentist had one nerve pulled but after pulling and tugging on the second told me that she couldn't get it out and that I would need to come back in few months. It's been one week and the tooth hurts every day. I take Advil few times a day. I have heard of a piece of a root coming up but never heard of a nerve coming up. Was it true when she told me to come back in few months to get the second nerve pulled? What can I do in the mean time with the aches?
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A week ago I had one of my teeth pulled. Due to the fact that it was a bad chipped tooth, it was pulled by pieces. The dentist had one nerve pulled but after pulling and tugging on the second told me that she couldn't get it out and that I would need to come back in few months. It's been one week and the tooth hurts every day. I take Advil few times a day. I have heard of a piece of a root coming up but never heard of a nerve coming up. Was it true when she told me to come back in few months to get the second nerve pulled? What can I do in the mean time with the aches?

You are confused. You mean a root was left instead of a nerve.

Not sure why she said wait several months. If a root cannot be removed, usually a referral is made immediately to get the other root out.

Why is it hurting? One reason is you have a dry socket where the one root was removed. Another reason might be post-op pain. Still another reason might be the remaining root is causing an infection. It is impossible for me to tell without examining you.

Consider a socket preservation graft when the 2nd root is finally removed.

Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: jimhassel  (6 years ago)
I’m a bit confused too. Whether the root was left behind or was it the nerve. The cause of problem might be the remaining root that resulted in infection. Better advice would be given on dental examination.
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Posted by: Vbedeshko  (6 years ago)
Dr. Jim Henry, my mistake. It was a root. How long should it take before I go get the second root removed?
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Posted by: Vbedeshko  (6 years ago)
Dr. Jim Henry, my mistake. It was a root. How long should it take before I go get the second root removed?
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A week ago I had one of my teeth pulled. Due to the fact that it was a bad chipped tooth, it was pulled by pieces. The dentist had one nerve pulled but after pulling and tugging on the second told me that she couldn't get it out and that I would need to come back in few months. It's been one week and the tooth hurts every day. I take Advil few times a day. I have heard of a piece of a root coming up but never heard of a nerve coming up. Was it true when she told me to come back in few months to get the second nerve pulled? What can I do in the mean time with the aches?

Well, the easiest thing would have been to have a dentist with more surgical experience extract it very quickly. Now some healing has taken place and you will need to stir up the hornet's nest again.

Sometimes if very small pieces of root, it is too much surgical risk to extract it, and we leave them there, rarely causing problems. If you are contemplating ever having an implant done in this area, remaining roots should always be removed. A socket graft is nearly always a good idea, after the second root is removed.
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