Abscess (impacted 2nd bicuspid) - extraction needed?

Jan 4, 2022

60 year old male. My (new) dentist is recommending extraction of an impacted 2nd bicuspid following an abscess, which has now been cleared up by a course of anti-biotics.

I've never had an issue with the tooth before, and am a little concerned due to the proximity of the tooth to the nerve (see attachment). A CT scan was taken and the justification was along the lines of general degradation and impact/damage to adjacent teeth.

My relationship with the dentist is new, and perhaps therefore I'm being overly cautious, but I'm curious if experts would suggest there are things that I should do to validate that extraction is the correct way forward?

Thanks in advance.


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