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How important is a second molar tooth?

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Posted by: TrishaA  (9 years ago)
Dear everyone,

My second molar tooth from the top left side was cracked several months ago. Yesterday, I went to the dentist who said I would need a root canal procedure, crown lengthening and a crown for the tooth. How much is the tooth really needed? I was asking because I was thinking of having this tooth pulled instead of going through those painful, time consuming and expensive procedures. Any information? Thanks for the help.
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Dear everyone,

My second molar tooth from the top left side was cracked several months ago. Yesterday, I went to the dentist who said I would need a root canal procedure, crown lengthening and a crown for the tooth. How much is the tooth really needed? I was asking because I was thinking of having this tooth pulled instead of going through those painful, time consuming and expensive procedures. Any information? Thanks for the help.


Second molars are important and very, very difficult to replace with implants once they are lost. PROVIDED EXCESSIVE BONE WILL NOT BE LOST IN CROWN LENGTHENING, I would save the tooth.
Posted 9 years ago
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I'm afraid I have to disagree. But it depends on a couple of factors. Do you have any other teeth missing? If you do, you might want to try to save this one.
When you bite, does the corresponding lower molar bite on the first upper molar? If half the lower tooth bites on the upper first molar, then the upper second molar is less important. If you are already missing the lower second molar, then losing the upper one doesn't matter.
And I would never recommend trying to replace a single missing upper second molar with an implant, if all the other upper teeth are still there. There's no point.
Richard from www.dental-health-advice.com
Posted 9 years ago
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