Oral Surgery/Medecine


QUESTION: hello Prof.Joel
Do cardiologist in U.S. care about their patients dentition.
All regards

ANSWER: Hugo - Absolutely the knowledgeable cardiologists are aware and often address the patient to discover when it was they were seen by the dentist.  The patients are also told that they need regular visits to intercept any potential dental, especially periodontal, problems before it affects the cardiology of the individual.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Prof. Joel

some remaining root couldnt be removed right away without the might of surgery.
as certain it's said that files used to do that without the consequanses cost of postoprative symptomes.
would like to know your opinion, if that could realy value the need of the case.

Hugo - I think you are asking if the beginning of root canal treatment could render the tooth less susceptible to creating problem.  Sure the beginning of a root canal on that retained root could reduce the chance of that tooth becoming infected, but a proper seal of the opened nerve canal is important to prevent the invasion of oral bacteria into the canal.  

As far as removing a retained root, a skilled dentist should be able to handle the situation and overall it would be better with less chance of secondary problems developing.

Oral Surgery

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.