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Should I get my molars pulled before I am old?

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Posted by: alaska1  (7 years ago)
I am 60 years old. My molars are full of fillings and cracking. If my molars cannot last another 20 years, does it make sense to get them pulled now. I have been told it is hard to pull teething after 80 without damaging the bone.

I feel that my dentist is saying to me, "You won't live past 80 anyway", when he tells me to keep getting them filled or crowned.
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I am 60 years old. My molars are full of fillings and cracking. If my molars cannot last another 20 years, does it make sense to get them pulled now. I have been told it is hard to pull teething after 80 without damaging the bone.

I feel that my dentist is saying to me, "You won't live past 80 anyway", when he tells me to keep getting them filled or crowned.


Molars are important in chewing. If they have so many fillings you feel they will crack, have them crowned. Extracting molars in a senior adult is very traumatic. Your goal should be to keep all your teeth (except wisdom teeth) the rest of your life. I have many patients who do just that.
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Posted by: alaska1  (7 years ago)

I still feel like I am missing information.

I want to make plans stay healthy enough to live to be 100. I believe I can do so in every other aspect of health than my teeth. I do not want my teeth to be the limiting factor in my life-expectancy.

You say you have patients who keep their teeth the rest of their lives. What age life expectancy is that based on?

I understand that a crown lasts 10-15 years. Can I really expect one to last 40 years, or, can I expect to be able to keep getting new crowns on the the same tooth for 40 years?

Thank you for replying. I appreciate the chance to ask questions to dentists.
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