A 27-year-old male asked:
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safety of partial wisdom tooth extraction?

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Dr. J. Blake Perkins
20 years experience Dentistry
Mostly safe: As with any surgery, there are always risks. If i understand your questions, the proposed treatment would leave some of the tooth behind. This is not an unheard of treatment, especially if removing the entire tooth would put you at risk for nerve damage in the lower jaw. You may want a second opinion and perhaps a cone beam ct scan to check the nerve/tooth relationship.
Answered on Aug 7, 2016
Dr. Richard Baldwin
44 years experience Dentistry
Depends what's left: If only some wisdom teeth and not others were extracted often safe, if only part of the tooth is removed it's probably not so safe.
Answered on Aug 7, 2016
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Dr. Kirk Yen
Dr. Kirk Yen commented
37 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Sometimes it is intentional to avoid trauma to adjacent structure especially the nerve. Usually the surgeon will disclose the information to you.
Aug 7, 2016
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dr. Zahid Ahmed commented
10 years experience Dentistry
I agree and would second what Dr. Kattuah stated, we do leave a part of the root tips when there is risk for damage to vital anatomy.
Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
Although on occasion it is necessary to leave a piece of the tooth in place if there is a high risk of nerve or sinus injury.
Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience Dentistry
.????: Don't know if you mean not getting all of your wisdom teeth out or having a decayed piece removed. Either way, if your wisdom teeth are bothering you in any matter...Go have your dentist look at it or the, and give you all of your options..
Answered on Jul 12, 2015
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: It is customary to leave a part of the tooth if the root is intimately associated with the nerve. This is coronectomy. Otherwise, it is much better to completely remove wisdom tooth. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
Answered on Jul 12, 2015

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