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Oral Surgery/Bone spur after extraction?


Hello Doctor, 2 1/2 weeks ago I had the 2nd from the last upper molar removed after a failed root canal.The actual extraction took about 30 seconds and things seemed to be healing well except that I felt a sharp point right above where the tooth was removed. I went back to the dentist, who told me that this was a bone I was feeling, due to him rocking the tooth back and forth during removal. He said the body would remodel over it, and if not, when I go back into to have my implant consultation in a few months he could "shave it off". Does this sound right? It feels like a tooth pick is trying to push it's way out of the side of my gum. Any advice would be appreciated.

Christina - Your dentist is not correct.  This sharp area can perforate the gum tissue and cause an infection.  The dentist is probably not skilled in properly correcting this problem.  You should probably have an oral and maxillofacial surgeon correct this problem before a problem occurs. If your dentist was good, he should refer you now.

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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.

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