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Thanks for advice, everyone. Still not sure if implant is necessary for pulled tooth?

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Old 06-27-2006, 07:13 AM   #1
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Red face Thanks for advice, everyone. Still not sure if implant is necessary for pulled tooth?

Great advice. Many thanks to you all. Everyone is so nice and helpful on this board. And yes, it is total bs insurance doesn't cover this. So I have to pay for it on my own, otherwise this infection would spread and possibly turn into something serious like meningitis. Then medical ins. would have to pay a fortune. They are stupid. But anyway, must calm myself down now even though I am now looking at an increase b/c bone grafting does need to be done and total cost is 5K. Perhaps I will go fill that rx for Percocet just to help me with the pain of this price!

But is an implant really necessary for a back left, lower molar? It can't be seen when I smile...Unless smiling incredibly wide, I guess...But how often does that happen. (not much lately...Ha!). When I asked the dentists they said implant is necessary b/c if I don't fill the space with something, then that can cause nothing but problems for all my other lower teeth, even though they're in perfect shape...He said that empty space will change things and in the future will be nothing but problems, more work and maybe losing more teeth?
Is this true?? I know a lot of dentists go for $$$ and can bs to you...But my dentist has always seemed very fair and caring.

Anyone know if there is danger to leaving a molar space empty after getting it pulled?

This board is the best. Thank you and good luck to all of you.

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Old 06-27-2006, 07:37 AM   #2
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Re: Thanks for advice, everyone. Still not sure if implant is necessary for pulled tooth?

Hi! From what I have read and heard, a missing molar can cause problems, it can cause your other teeth to shift and it can cause your upper molar to come down, because there is nothing at the bottom anymore. However, my husband has a back molar tooth missing and it hasn't caused any problems in the 5 years, yet. It all depends on the alignment of your teeth. Maybe I would get a second opinion. But if it were me, I'd most likely get the implant, if I could pay for it.

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