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    Molar extraction with bone left behind
    mikatsu posted:
    6 months ago I had a molar extracted and the dentist left part of the bone in, "in case I wanted to have an implant in the future." I heard about this too late to question. I still cannot chew on that side and my regular dentist says x-ray shows it is healing very slowly. Is this a normal procedure? And a normal healing time?
    atti_editor responded:
    Hi mikatsu,

    How are you doing now? Are you able to eat more solid foods? When your dentist took the x-rays did he/she seem concerned about your healing rate? It might be a good idea to speak with your dentist about ways you may be able to speed up the healing process and how long you can expect your gums to take to fully heal. I am sorry that you are still in pain, and I hope that you are able to eat normally soon!

    Best wishes,
    mskp1234 responded:
    was it normal
    mikatsu responded:
    Thanks for the reply. As it's now been over 6 months and it was a simple extraction, is the fact that the dentist left the furcal bone in, causing it to take this long to heal? As I did not plan to have an implant, is it 'normal' for the dentist to leave that behind to facilitate a possible implant in the future?
    atti_editor replied to mikatsu's response:
    I'm not sure if leaving the bone would be considered normal, but I would definitely speak with your dentist to see what he/she would recommend you do or prescribe for further treatment.

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