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Posted by Eric on November 13, 2000 at 19:26:59:

In Reply to: I want to keep my teeth posted by Lucy on November 13, 2000 at 09:46:30:

: Hi, I went to my dds on Friday after not going for the past 3 yrs due to finances. He said I would need to have 4 upper molars extracted due to gum disease, he said they are loose and need to be extracted. I have only had one cavity in my life and no root canals, I have no pain and the teeth don't feel loose to me. Is there any harm in keeping these teeth and not extracting, I would prefer that I keep them even if they eventually fall out on their own at least I will have more time with them in my mouth. The worst part is he said that there are six more teeth that he feels will need to be extracted as well but the first 4 need to be done promply. I don't understand I am only 42 and at his rate of extraction I will need a denture soon. I have never even lost one tooth now he is talking about 10. Does this make sense, just a few years ago got a clean bill of health from same dentist.I asked if I can crown teeth to make them stronger but he said it is gum disease so crowning wont help and he wants me to see a perio dentist but feels it is too late for most of the teeth he feels need to be extracted. He even suggested have all ten extracted under sedation in the next few weeks. But said it will be at least 3 months before he can begin work on replacement teeth what would I do walk around with half my teeth missing for 3 months, this feels like a nightmare are there any options. He says no. Has anyone ever heard of such tooth loss in such a short time. Should I go for a second opinion. Do extractions hurt Help

Lucy, I totally relate to your situation,I have a very similar story. I have lost 6 of my upper molars this year due to advance perio disease that I didn't even know I had. I also hadn't been to the dentist for a few years and went with a toothache which turned out to be a cavity when the dentist went to fill it he found to the tooth to be so loose he need to extract it right there! I had a huge gapping hole in my mouth and was so upset. Wanting to prevent further damage I scheduled a full dental exam and then was told about the gum disease and bone loss by the time I saw the perio dentist he agreed that I needed 8 extractions 5 more on top and 3 on the bottom. I opted to have the five removed at one time because I wanted a really good partial in place as soon as possible it was scary how easy the teeth were extracted. No oral surgeon was neccessary just novacaine and the 5 extractions were pretty painless the teeth came out it seemed as soon as the dental forceps started shaking them. Not to scare you but after I had the 6 missing teeth on top I had real trouble talking forget about eating only mush for months and my whole face was sunkin in until I got the partial 3 months later. So many I could suggest just extracting one at a time to get used to each missing tooth slowly might be of help. I too was real upset but my upper partial is in place and feels pretty good now. I go to perio dentist every three months and he has saved my remaining two top molars and all my front teeth. Hopefully you won't have to have any bottom molars extracted I had 3 and bottom partial just didn't work so I have 3 gapping hole down there I am waiting on the finances to bridge the gaps. Time is important here. Hope things go well for you the perio dentist will tell you exactly what needs to be done.

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