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Broken Molar and Adjacent Cavities

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eileenv

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I have a broken top molar #3 with what dentist informs me are cavities in both adjacent molars. My mouth is in sad shape. There is also a loose bridge on my four front teeth that dentist is afraid to attempt removal and re-cementing (money is an issue, and bridge will probably need to be replaced). I am worried. Dentist said that he cannot fill the cavities unless I have the broken molar extracted by an oral surgeon. Does this sound right? Will I be able to chew? I cannot afford to replace a missing tooth. Advice certainly appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Gordon

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Did the dentist give you any reasons why he wouldn't fill the cavities while the broken tooth was there? Having the tooth absent would make the fillings a bit easier but it's not a deal breaker if it's still there... yes you can certainly manage to eat fine without replacing it.
 
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eileenv

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Thank you for your helpful and comforting response. The dentist did not give any reasons why he won't fill the cavities with the broken tooth there. I didn't ask, but should have. Food is getting trapped inside the broken piece, so the tooth does need to come out. The dentist gave me a referral to oral surgeons affiliated with our local hospital. I have mildly low thyroid and was prescribed a medication, which I am longer able to obtain a refill for without a PCP appointment. (My insurance situation changed this year). Is it likely that an oral surgeon would require a medical clearance to extract the tooth? Thanks again.
 
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Gordon

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There's a FAQ on removing roots on here if you want a look, it's easier than you think :)

I'm not familiar with the US system but in this country, no we wouldn't look for medical clearance, assuming there's nothing else going on with you apart from the thyroid issue?
 
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