Dear Staff,I w'd like to save two teeth. Teeth/tooth no. 20 and the one next to it, face side. The dentist said I needed to have the two pulled. Even tho' the tooth is rotten on the surface. Both teeth have good roots, but little is left of no. 20, rotten. I don't believe that no. 20 has ever had a root infection. What are the guide lines for NOT having the tooth/teeth crowned?.The tooth behind no. 20 is gone but the next further back is there and in good condition. Root canals: Can I possibly forego root canals?. I am retired on a fixed income and I don't have anything to fall back on.Bo
Gender: MaleAge: 67
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I get alot of these type of questions! There are several reasons why a dentist doesn't think he/she can save a tooth. For example the tooth may be mobile, there may not be enough bone holding the tooth, or the decay is so big that you would need additional expensive treatment in order to save the tooth. Also there may be an abscess on these teeth. If the cavity is huge then there is no going around getting root canal treatment. This may be why the dentist is recommending the extractions. Most dentists would prefer to save the tooth. I hope this helps!
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