Oral Surgery/Hemisection


I had a Hemisection done to a tooth that was crowned and part of a bridge.What I would like to know is it customary to be told to come back for a follow up after a Hemisection of a tooth, or is it not necessary, the procedure was performed by an Oral Surgeon and he never mentioned to come back and I never thought to ask him.It has been 5 weeks since the Hemisection.

Tony -you are correct, that after the hemisection the oral surgeon should have followed you with a follow up examination. Not only that the area healed well, but that the remaining portion of the tooth was stable enough to support itself.  Without a follow up examination after a few weeks, the doctor cannot properly evaluate the extent of proper healing.

You should be followed.  The tooth's stability and the gum tissue around the remaining root need to be followed for a minimum of one year after the hemisection.  

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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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