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Is removal of tooth really necessary?

  • Posted By: Anon7786
  • April 6, 2009
  • 03:03 AM

I do have a huge cavity in my lower left second molar. The cavity is oriented towards the back and occluded by the lower left third molar. In order to fix the cavity (including a root canal treatment), my dentist said, that the lower left third molar has to be removed.

However, I do think it is a waste to remove a healthy tooth. Also I am worried about nerve damage to the inferior dental nerve, when removing the third molar.

I have included an XRay:
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/6314/dental2x.jpg

and a shot of my mouth: showing lower left 1st, 2nd, 3rd molar (order from the front)
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/1289/dental1x.jpg

Could anyone give me their opinion please? (With a good reasoning in case removal of the third molar is not needed)

Thank you very, very much

Anon

P.S.: Switching of dentists is not possible due to geographic location.

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  • sorry for my lack of knowledge but I think the Doc is right, I mean the way it's angled and everything I'm sure there's a good reason
    skittle 11 Replies Flag this Response
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