Extract or Not Extract

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by Don, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. Don

    Don Guest

    One of my motar tooth (not wisdom) is hopelessly bad. Actually most
    part of its top has gone. So the only solution is to extract it. The
    question is what should I do after that? Have a denture. Or try
    implant. The later option is more expensive but I think will better
    for the jaw bone. Since I am young, I opt for this option.
    Unfortunately I cannot afford it in one or two years, because of
    budget problem. This broken tooth is NOT bothering me now.
    Now comes the questions.
    Should I extract it right now and put a denture in and wait for
    years until I have budget to get an implant?
    Or should I wait, since the tooth does not bother me right now,
    until I have the budget and get an implant? Is it a better opition?
    Because I know that have a denture in place will probably weaken the
    jaw bone.
    Your answers will be greatly appreciated.
     
    Don, Aug 10, 2003
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  2. Don,

    Who told you to extract it? The dentist or you? If I were you I would
    explore options such as restoring the tooth, particularly if the root is
    good.. See another dentist who specializes in that type of work. A one
    time consultation is not too costly and may be helpful. You can always
    extract it if you don't want to rebuild it or can't afford it.

    George

    Don wrote:
     
    George Steber, Aug 10, 2003
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  3. Don wrote:
    Leaving a root in place can preserve bone. However, an infected root
    can cost you bone.
    Sometimes we will retain a root after root canal treatment to preserve
    the boney ridge. We can and do sometimes make dentures over these
    retained roots.
    Whether or not a root is worth saving in your case depends upon several
    factors, including which other teeth are present in the jaw, whether we
    are talking about an upper or lower molar, your overall restorative and
    periodontal health, and a host of other issues that would be difficult
    to address without an exam.

    Steve
     
    Steven Bornfeld, Aug 10, 2003
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  4. Don

    Don Guest

    Thanks for your response.
    This is the lower molar tooth (first molar, i think)
    Its ajacent molar has filling on it.
    The other ajacent is good.
    I will check with dentist on the root of that bad tooth.



     
    Don, Aug 11, 2003
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  5. Don

    WB Guest

    On 10 Aug 2003 14:29:33 -0700, (Don) wrote:

    It has not been determined that this tooth is non restorable.
    Can you post a picture and/or x-ray ?

    If the pulp is exposed there will be infection that may
    turn chronic and destroy bone. A worse sequela than
    normal healing after an extraction.

    Wb
     
    WB, Aug 11, 2003
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