Retained Roots

Retained Roots

All adult teeth have up to four roots that anchor the tooth into the jawbone. Usually, when a tooth is removed by a dentist, the roots are taken out with it. However, if the tooth is lost through accident or decay, the root or roots may be retained within the jawbone and gums, causing problems such as mouth infections and pain. If this is the case, the roots need to be surgically removed.

The complexity of retained root removal surgery depends on the nature of the problem. Some retained roots involve a simple extraction, which can be done quickly under local anaesthetic. Others involve a lengthier procedure, and you may be given sedation to help you relax.

In the most difficult cases, part of the gum, and possibly even a small section of the jawbone, may be needed to be removed to free the roots. If this is the case, you will usually be given a general anaesthetic.



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