- Jul 13, 2021
I have been told I have an abscess and the tooth will need to be removed. I'm not doing well as I don't want to lose a tooth. It's #14, the molar in the back, but still. I'm not having any symptoms of infection so who knows how long it's been going on. I've had 3 different dentists look at the xrays and agree there's infection so their minds are made up. I went for a root canal but it couldn't be completed because once the tooth was drilled into, a couple of cracks were found. So Dr didn't think the tooth could support a root canal. So that puts me in a spot in terms of having to have an extraction and possibly an implant. My insurance doesn't pay for implants. So I could get some insurance to pay part on implants but not until next year because I already have a policy. But if I have the extraction And then get the insurance I'll come up against the dreaded missing tooth clause and insurance will never pay for implants. But why can't the infection be drained? That's what you do with infection anyway. And Why can't an apicoectomy be done? I know it's usually done after a failed root canal and I didn't have a root canal but would it be worth a try? To me it would seem worth a try if I might get to keep my tooth for a while. I don't really want an implant either. I want to leave this earth with the parts I came in with. I've always taken care of my teeth, gotten regular cleanings for 50 years, never have drank or smoked, so this is too much to deal with. Only thing is I have bruxism but wear a nightguard. That's probably what's causing this anyway. But it doesn't help me deal.