19 Teeth Extracted

One day ago I was admitted into Same Day Surgery and had 19 teeth extracted & reduction of the Tori. I had immediate placement of temporary dentures. Today the oozing blood has stopped and upon removal of the temporary plates, I can see large pieces of teeth still in place. I was of the understanding that when you were having teeth surgically extracted that the entire tooth, including the root, were to be removed. If left as is, won't the roots & shards of teeth get soar/infected & work their way out? Typically, in a procedure such as this, shouldn't all boney structures be removed? By the way, the Surgeon also forgot to remove one lower tooth so I'm unable the lower plate. Also, I've been unable to submit a photo.

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Answer: 19 Teeth extracted

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Having all your teeth removed and an immediate denture placed is a large surgery.  You are correct, that when removing a tooth, the entire tooth must be removed in order to bill out with an extraction CDT code.  The only time a root is left in place, is if there is an existing root canal and the root is left in place as a temporary measure in order to maintain bone or hold place for a future implant. If there was roots left in your bone, you must be notified at the time of the surgery.  These roots are susceptible to caries and with the nerve exposed it could become infected.  You need to call the office and have the lower tooth removed in order to wear your lower denture.  It not only will help with holding your upper denture in place, but will restore the full function of your dentures as well.

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