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Question:
Had all my teeth pulled: I had all my teeth pulled 4 days ago and it seems in my top back teeth in the hole where a tooth was pulled I can feel something hard in the center like part of my tooth is there.

It's not sticking out far and there is no tooth around. Is it possible that the dentist somehow broke the outer part of my tooth off and forgot to pull the center out? ...Visitor from Ohio

Answer:
Tooth extractions can be simple while others are more complex. Difficult extractions oftentimes cause breakage of the tooth and tooth roots.

Extraction surgeries can also cause jaw bone material to produce bone slivers. These fragments and slivers, while not immediately evident, can cause serious issues of prolonged infection at the gum level and also deep within the jawbone.

Bone slivers, tooth fragments and root tip fragments MUST be removed to assure uptimal oral health. Periodontists and Oral Surgeons who have access to dental scan equipment typically are the best resource for locating and removing the offending material.

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