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1st molar getting extracted

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Posted by: robbieblaylock  (3 months ago)
a filling on my 1st molar came loose somehow and I didn't know about it. When I had my recent dental xrays the decay developed so bad it's gone down to the bone line and the endodontist said a root canal would not help and referred me to a periodontist who is suggesting an extraction and implant. I can't afford all of this so I am opting just for the extraction. She also wants me to do the socket preservation but even all of that would be too expensive and also wipe out my benefits for the entire year. My question is the socket preservation really necessary? I'm almost 40 and I don't think I will ever get an implant just cause it's so expensive. Thank you
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Posted by: robbieblaylock  (2 months ago)
Having my tooth pulled in 3 weeks, would really like some advice if possible.

Thank you
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a filling on my 1st molar came loose somehow and I didn't know about it. When I had my recent dental xrays the decay developed so bad it's gone down to the bone line and the endodontist said a root canal would not help and referred me to a periodontist who is suggesting an extraction and implant. I can't afford all of this so I am opting just for the extraction. She also wants me to do the socket preservation but even all of that would be too expensive and also wipe out my benefits for the entire year. My question is the socket preservation really necessary? I'm almost 40 and I don't think I will ever get an implant just cause it's so expensive. Thank you

What can I tell you? You really have made up your mind and just want somewhat to validate your decision. But I am not going to do that.

You never got any dental treatment because you say you never have any money. You could have gotten a filling a number of years ago, when it would have cost $150 or so. You watched the decay and decay more, telling yourself all along you could not afford to fix it. Now you got a BIG problem on your hand- it would cost $4500 or so for extraction, graft, implant, and implant crown- and you can't afford it.

My bet is that after you do the dirty deed of extracting this valuable tooth, you STILL won't return for regular visits and get dental problems fixed while they are small. You are a crisis-oriented procrastinator. Don't worry, you are not alone. There are thousands of other patients like you.

I have hundreds of poor Mexican laborers without any dental insurance who pay me to save their teeth. They take second jobs, work overtime, economize on their personal expenses, and do whatever else it takes to save their teeth from extraction. You can do the same things if you want to.
Posted 2 months ago
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Posted by: robbieblaylock  (2 months ago)
That isn't what happened at all actually and tbh I am not even sure how you even came to that conclusion based on what I posted. I go to the dentist twice a year (and have gone regularly for the past 10). I had an x-ray in fall of 2015 and everything was fine. When I went for my 6 month check up in the spring of 2016 everything was fine. When I got my x-ray in Fall of 2016 that is when they noticed the decay had deteriorated and when doing my exam the hygienist noted my filling had come loose.

I believe I know what caused the rapid decay but that's another issue which I have already corrected.

I was hoping for advice, not to be assumed I am a crisis-oriented procrastinator or compared to poor mexican laborers.

geesh what an [redacted] you are.
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First of all,age doesn't matter for any dental treatment. Proper dental care is must for any age-group. I would recommend socket preservation to go along with your extraction. This will help preserve bone and limit bone loss after tooth removal.
Posted 1 months ago
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