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My 82 year old mother has a recurring infection in the anchor

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My 82 year old mother has a recurring infection in the anchor tooth of a 7 tooth bridge. She is on her 3rd antibiotic this year. This has come and gone for 2-3 years. Today she told me the infection has spread from the anchor tooth (molar) to the front of her mouth. We are seeking advise as well as a referral to an excellent "geriatric" dentist in the Palos Hills, IL area. She has recently moved. Does she need a general dentist or a periodontist?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name isXXXXX and I am online and available to help you today. Thank you for your patience.

Do your mother have any medical problems or take any medications?

Is she currently on antibiotics again?

Does she have dry mouth problems?

This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. I look forward to helping you.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No medical problems, she is currently on her 3rd antibiotic this year, she does not have dry mouth problems. She takes eye drops for pressure.
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
At this point, since her general dentists have not been able to take care of this infection I think she should see a periodontist.

My Uncle is a periodontist but he is about 1,500 miles away from your mom :(

Here is an excellent Periodontist near your Mom:

Geraldine A Difranco, DDS
10059 S Roberts Rd
Palos Hills, IL 60465 (NNN) NNN-NNNN

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Since she will likely need to have the infected tooth removed and it is an anchor tooth, what do you recommend for her teeth in the future? Full denture, 8-9 tooth bridge (if this is even possible) a partial, or implants??? What options are you aware of, what seems best to you?

Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
I believe implants are the most natural, longest lasting and best way for her to go....but it is also the most expensive.

It's safe for you to press the positive feedback button now if you so desire. And, never fear, even after you press that button I don't go up in a puff of smoke -- I'll still be right here to continue helping you, but, as I do work for tips, I want to make sure you are happy before rating me

I hope she feels better soon.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are there any concern for implants in an 82 year old with a history of infections?
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
Yes, of course.

Another option would be to pull all her teeth and give her full dentures.

As you can see there are many options, each of which is best chosen by her treating dentist based on his evaluation of her.

Don't forget to mash the positive feedback button for me:)

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