How to Decide?
Answer the following questions:
- Are you planning on having a dental implant placed where the broken tooth fragment is within the next few months?
- Is the broken tooth fragment very small and also dislodged into your sinuses or near your jaw nerve?
- Do you have multiple broken teeth fragments near one another and you are waiting to have them all removed at the same time?
If you answered “yes” to the above questions, and as you noticed there are only a few of them, then you can choose to leave the broken tooth piece in and monitor it. Otherwise you should remove all broken tooth pieces.
It is not a good idea to leave something in your mouth that has the potential to cause you pain or infection. Broken tooth fragments which are left behind can cause cavities on the adjacent teeth, compromise your gum health or even affect your overall well-being without you even being aware of the source of your problem.
It is not uncommon to come across patients who have neglected their oral health and have multiple broken teeth. They usually have developed wide spread gum disease as a result of their inability to properly clean their remaining teeth due to the pain and infection caused by these remaining broken teeth. These individuals are at high risk for losing numerous teeth if the broken teeth are not removed. Removing these broken tooth fragments will get the situation under control so you can maintain the health of your remaining teeth and gums.