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Old 10-05-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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Help! In panic mode

Due to my rather severe TMJ problems, I normally avoid dental visits. Unfortunately, a tooth I had root canal on without crowning it has finally disintegrated - the dentist has given me two options: have it post & cored and crowned or have it surgically extracted. I am panicked at the thought of either - does anyone have any advice on which procedure would be easier on my jaw?

 
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Re: Help! In panic mode

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Due to my rather severe TMJ problems, I normally avoid dental visits. Unfortunately, a tooth I had root canal on without crowning it has finally disintegrated - the dentist has given me two options: have it post & cored and crowned or have it surgically extracted. I am panicked at the thought of either - does anyone have any advice on which procedure would be easier on my jaw?
If you would like I can email my tmjd specialist and see what his recommendation would be..

 
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:31 AM   #3
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Re: Help! In panic mode

Well saving a tooth that can be saved is always the more viable option - if you remove the tooth and do not replace it, it can change your bite even more and allow other teeth to shift over time making the tmj symptoms worse.

If you remove it and do replace it your options to do this would be to do a fixed bridge using teeth on either sides of the missing tooth as anchors - so they would be crowned as well or you could do an implant with a crown. If its a last molar with no tooth behind it then the implant would be your only option.

I think putting a post and crown on the tooth would overall be less traumatizing to the jaw - most of the work done involves the coring or filing down of the tooth's structure so at most you need to keep yor mouth open while this is done so you need to make sure the dentist gives you frequent breaks in which you can close your mouth and rest the jaw.

 
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If you would like I can email my tmjd specialist and see what his recommendation would be..
I would appreciate any help I can get!

 
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