Hi Dr Hall, I just have my wisdom teeth minor surgery today. The doctor tried to pull my wisdom teeth solidly but she cant because she said the teeth nerves is too hard. Scared of effecting my nerves, she just drill the teeth and there’s a part of my wisdom teeth still inside my mouth. My question is, is it a standard procedure to left the teeth just like that in order to protect my nerves? Do i need to operate again to pull out my whole wisdom teeth?
– Azila from Kuala Lumpur
Thank you for your question. I must say that it doesn’t cease to amaze me that this website is being read in places like Kuala Lumpur. One of the things that first got me excited about websites back in 1995 when I started this site was when I discovered that people in far-flung places around the globe were noticing what I was posting on my website.
Anyway, to your question. Yes, if the root tip, say, is close to the main nerve that goes through your lower jaw, and it breaks off during surgery, the standard practice is to just leave it there rather than risk damaging that nerve in trying to get it out. The chances of a small root tip of a wisdom tooth giving problems later if it is left in the jaw are small.
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