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Dentures Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Immediate Dentures - Mouth Pain: About three weeks ago I had my remaining teeth pulled and immediate dentures were made.

My gums seem to be healing well but shards of tooth or bone are now cutting through the gums. I knew there might be one or two but I have pulled out at least 5 and there are several more coming through.

I cannot wear the bottom dentures due to the pain from these pieces coming through. I am supposed to go for a 6 week checkup but I am wondering if I need to go in and have the doctor remove these leftover pieces sooner than that. Or is there any other option besides waiting for them to work themselves out? ... Visitor from TX

During oral surgery, there can be pieces of bone that are inadvertently left behind. There can also be sharp pieces of bone that are felt after some healing, as the tissue can tighted toward these sharp tips.

None of this indicates a bad job. You should go back to your surgeon and ask that they remove the rough pieces, this will accelerate healing.

If the surgeon says they are simply sharp areas and they will remodel on their own, then waiting may be an acceptable option. Good Luck

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Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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