Nigel Shaun Matthews

Nigel Shaun Matthews

Retained roots

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What are retained roots?

When a tooth is removed by surgery or damaged by other means, part of the tooth's root may remain anchored in the jaw. Often these are harmless and no action is taken, but there is a possiblity of infection.

What causes retained roots?

A tooth falling out naturally, knocked out by trauma, or removed by surgery (such as an impacted wisdom tooth) can all leave part of the root retained in the jaw.