| | Preventative pulling of 2nd Molar, is it necessary?
Due to gum disease, my second molar on the bottom right side was pulled one year ago. I had pockets of 5 plus and the dentist recommended pulling it to prevent the complications associated with deep pockets. All my other teeth are in good condition with few fillings, and pockets being 3 in my other second molars. I never had an active infection that I know of. Yesterday I went for a cleaning and exam and was then told that he recommends pulling the R top second molar. I asked if it was because of deep pockets and he said, no, that they were 3, but he recommends pulling because, "the tooth is now a liability...it serves no purpose...since it has no opposing molar it cannot grind food and food can get trapped in it." It can get cavities and cause trouble for the first molar next to it. I asked him why he didn't remove it a year ago and he said, "well, you were a new patient and I didn't want to scare you."
He did ask me first if I was planning on getting an implant where the second molar on the bottom R had been removed last year, and I told him, "no, I am doing just find with one molar now." Then he suggested the removal of the top molar.
I have never had a history of many cavities, in fact, I have only two fillings in my mouth. Losing that first tooth a year ago, scared me enough to increase my cleaning schedule and add water picking regularly. In fact, this visit, the hygenist told me I had hardly any plague buildup.
My question is this.....is it prudent to remove this molar when it is a good molar and not giving me any trouble at all. I understood the removal of the first molar, because of the deep pockets but should I get this one removed?. At the present time, I cannot afford an implant, but maybe I might be in a different position in the future to want one or would I need that molar to use as an attachment for a bridge? Can anyone suggest? Thanks.