One of my teeth is twisted, my dentist wants to remove it but i’m not sure if its worth it?

My crown on tooth #19 needs to be replaced due to a large cavity under it. Tooth #20 is twisted by 90 degrees. My dentist wants to pull it and give me a bridge. The tooth doesn’t bother me and isn’t seen anyway; but my dentist says if I ignore it then it will eventually create other problems and may even end up breaking. Does this make since? I hate to have that work done if he is just being overly cautious.
Absolutely. Large cavities can lead to nerve destruction, infection, pain and abscesses eventually, so it’s always best to deal with these problems as soon as possible. Sometimes these teeth can be saved with root canal treatment followed by a crown or filling but that would need to be assessed. You may have more options available to you other than extracting teeth so I’d suggest you go for a second opinion with an experienced cosmetic dentist as soon as possible. Hope that helps
Dr Mark Hughes Harley Street Dental Studio 52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY Web: Tel: 020 7636 5981 View My Profile Dr Hughes
February 1st, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Terri Greenberg Says :

Thank-you for your reply but I think you misunderstood my question. I was questioning about tooth #20 that is twisted 90 degrees (according to my dentist). He wants to pull it out. The tooth doesn’t have any cavity and doesn’t bother me at all. Tooth #19 had the cavity so he filled that one and is going to put another crown on it. But when I asked him if it looked like (tooth #20) had twisted a little that was when he said to hold off on crowning tooth #19 and let him pull out #20 and make a bridge. I hate to pull out a good tooth and then grind down #21 to make a bridge. He’s a cosmetic dentist and sometimes he seems to go a little extreme. I’m 58 and just wondered if I should go that route. Thank-you for your time. I appreciate it very much.
Sincerely, Terri Greenberg

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