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Question DetailsAsked on 10/17/2013

Is it as common as the dentist said to get a titanuim file stuck inside your mouth? and not have it removed?

During a dental procedure, the dentist said a titanium file had broke off into my gum and that surgery would be invasive and that its very common and would not be removed. my gums are now quite painful a week later? not sure how to proceed

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I doubt that having something break and have it be left in your gum is normal. If you can, see another dentist--specialist. It would be terrible to be in pain for a long time. I had invasive surgery and was fine within a few days. I think he's totally wrong. Call or go online to check his license to practice.

Answered 6 years ago by keikosmom


Yes surgery would be invasive, but so is most dental work - but leaving a tool imbedded in your gum ? In all probability, at the time, he could have reached in and laid the damged gum back, grabbed it with an angled needlenose plier, and pulled it right out. Of course, now it is probably impacted.

This guy sounds like a total quack - I certainly would not go back to him, would find a new dentist or oral surgeon (latter probably better) who can remove it, and talk to an attorney about filing a malpractice claim against the first dentist, as well as a complaint with the state licensing board.

Document the heck out of this, including X-rays and retaining the broken off piece.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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