I had a tooth which had a filling. It had been bothering me for a while so I decided to have it looked at. He told me the tooth is infected and I need to have it extracted. I wanted to know if extracting the tooth is the only option or if there are other things that can be done which will allow me to save the tooth. It a lower second molar.
In most cases, you have options as to what to do with an infected tooth. However, if you are on a government-funded dental care plan, they will only allow the cheapest option. In that case, removing the tooth is the only option unless you want to pay it out of pocket.
If the tooth is infected and you want to save the tooth, which is always recommended, then I would suggest a root canal treatment. Not only does this allow you to save the tooth, but because it is likely the inside tissue is dead it will be more comfortable for you than an extraction.
One thing that bothers me about this is your dentist did not give you any other options. He is under an ethical obligation to do so. I don’t understand why he didn’t unless he is just lazy and does not like putting forth effort to save teeth.
After your root canal treatment, it may be recommended that you get a dental crown. This is because a root canal can make a tooth a bit brittle and this will help protect it.
If you decide to extract the tooth, you will want to replace it. There are also many options for that as well. The best replacement is a dental implant. But, you can also get a dental bridge or a removable partial denture.
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