I went in for a dental appointment because I had a toothache. I’ve never had a toothache before. When I went to the dentist he said the tooth can’t be saved. He wants to extract it, do bone grafting, and give me a dental implant. To be honest, I’m terrified of the dentist anyway and don’t want to do all this work. Plus, I’ve never lost a tooth. Is there any other option? Is it OK to get a second opinion?
Ginny W. – Connecticut
Well, if you have a toothache, it definitely needs to be dealt with, but I have some serious doubts about this dentist.
If this is the first time you’ve had a toothache, I find it hard to believe this tooth is too far gone to save. Did he do an x-ray? If so, there would have been a gaping hole if the tooth couldn’t be saved.
Secondly, while a dental implant is a good choice for a missing tooth, you’ve never lost a tooth. I sincerely doubt you have even a remote need for bone grafting.
Yes. Get a second opinion. Definitely.
I’d like to address your dental anxiety that was mentioned. Are you aware that dentists can do oral conscious sedation. You can be completely conscious (if you want) and feel absolutely no pain in your dental appointment.
Whenever you settle on a dentist to care for this tooth, ask him what kind of sedation he uses.
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