Molar: repair or extract?

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Molar: repair or extract?

Post by hippodrome » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:39 pm

I am due to have some work done on one of my rearmost molars. My dentist estimated that it would take him about 45 minutes to complete the work. Alternatively, he said he could quickly extract the tooth. He implied that it wasn't really that important of a tooth, and offered to extract it for no charge.

My immediate gut reaction was to keep the tooth. Why not? I've had it for years. OTOH, extraction seems so easy. Is there any reason why I shouldn't have it extracted?


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Re: Molar: repair or extract?

Post by FrugalInvestor » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:41 pm

I would save the tooth if the prognosis for it remaining for the foreseeable future is good.
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Re: Molar: repair or extract?

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:59 pm

Every dentist I've ever visited always gave the same advice - if the bone structure is in good condition, there is no need to remove it. It seems to me that your dentist is looking for an easy way out and likely a far bigger bill for extraction as opposed to repair.

My two cents - is to obtain a second opinion on the tooth from another reputable dentist. My dentist friends wouldn't be so nice - their advice has always been to "run out of the dentist office asap" if you don't receive a thorough answer that satisfies your queries. A statement like "oh you don't need it" doesn't cut the mustard unless the molar in question is a wisdom tooth that is creating other problems for your teeth or pain when chomping.

I had a root canal done last year, I had the option - extraction or root canal. I received 3 opinions, all three were against extraction even though it was the "easy out" for the dentist.
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Re: Molar: repair or extract?

Post by chaz » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:15 pm

FrugalInvestor wrote:I would save the tooth if the prognosis for it remaining for the foreseeable future is good.
I agree.
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Re: Molar: repair or extract?

Post by mackstann » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:19 pm

Once it's extracted, there's no getting it back... implants are complex, expensive, and not covered by insurance. I'd try to keep it as long as it's not completely toast.
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Re: Molar: repair or extract?

Post by SteveB3005 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:50 pm

Seems like an odd recommendation unless the opposing molar is already gone, then it's not doing anything anyway.

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Re: Molar: repair or extract?

Post by Tony » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:30 pm

I've always been advised to keep every tooth I possibly can. You may find you need it in the future if you lose teeth in front of it or for some other reason.
If a dentist implied it didn't matter, I'd find a dentist who knows it does matter.

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Re: Molar: repair or extract?

Post by LadyGeek » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:36 pm

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