I have an infected wisdom tooth and a tooth near it that had a root canal treatment a year ago. I want them both removed but for some reason, my dentist is only willing to take out the wisdom tooth. I’m putting off getting the wisdom tooth removed until I can talk him into doing both. Do you have any tips for getting a dentist to do what you want?
Before you pressure your dentist, I want you to think about why he would NOT want to extract this tooth. Extracting it makes more money for him. Leaving it does nothing for him To me this speaks volumes. My assumption is he truly doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with the tooth and feels it would be an unnecessary procedure and expense for you. Plus, while you do not have to replace wisdom teeth, you do need to replace other missing teeth. By not replacing it, your bite will shift which risks you developing painful TMJ Disorder.
Now, in addition to the cost of the additional extraction (which makes him money), you will have the cost of a tooth replacement, such as a dental implant (which also makes him money). It sounds to me like you have a dentist with integrity that is trying to give you the best oral health possible without costing you money for procedures you don’t need.
If you still want to extract the tooth, then you can pressure him by saying, “either you extract it or I’ll go somewhere else to have it done.” That may have him extract it or he may tell you to go somewhere else.
Whatever you do, do it quickly. You have an infected wisdom tooth. Tooth infections are considered dental emergencies for very good reasons. Think about how close your jaw is to your heart, lungs, and brain. Tooth infections spread. If it reaches a sensitive area, such as those I mentioned then you put your life at risk. If you still want to insist on both teeth being removed at the same time, I am sure you will find a dentist willing to take the fee.
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