I need an extraction. I did this to myself by letting my dental anxiety get in the way. It kept me from getting my tooth taken care of when it could still be saved. Instead, I waited until it needed a root canal treatment, then avoided coming back for the crown. Now it is infected. I went to see a different dentist because I was too embarrassed to go back to the first one. He agreed that it was infected and said it needed to be extracted. He did mention it would be an involved extraction and asked if I’d rather have it done under anesthesia. Anesthesia would cost a fortune and involve surgical fees. Am I putting myself in danger doing it the cheap way?
Your dentist put you in an unfair position. It makes you feel unsafe and insecure. The better question would be whether or not this dentist is concerned the procedure is over his head.
I would put the question to him. He should be honest with you. There is a way to get this done without anesthesia. I suggest you see a sedation dentist. Though most dentists offer two levels, in your position I’m going to suggest oral conscious sedation (OCS). This is administered with a simple pill. However, it is so strong you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment as well as stay with you for several hours afterward until you are lucid and steady on your feet again.
This has changed the lives of people with dental anxiety, saving them thousands of dollars. As you know, if you would have been comfortable seeing the dentist, you could have had this cavity dealt with when it first popped up. That would have eliminated the need for either the root canal treatment or this, now necessary, extraction.
Your Tooth Replacement Options
You will need to replace your tooth. The top tooth replacement is a dental implant. This is like having a healthy, natural tooth back in your mouth again.
The next best option is to get a dental bridge. It suspends a false tooth between two dental crowns. This may actually make more sense for you if one of the adjacent teeth needs a dental crown anyway.
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