Dentistry/extraction

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My endodontist is wanting to remove a molar to clean out a pocket of infection which is causing bone loss.  He then plans to put this tooth back in.  I had one implant that took 3 tries to "take".  I am concerned that what he suggests will end up with the tooth not integrating into the bone again and I will end up losing the tooth and needing a bridge (will not have another implant due to prior difficulty getting it to take.)  Have you ever heard of this procedure?  I go to a reputable clinic associated with a dental school.

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Martha,

No, I have never heard of a dentist removing a molar, so that he can clean the pocket, and then putting the tooth back in.

My best advice....go get a second opinion from a board certified dentist or oral surgeon that is not associated with the dental school.

If it were me, I don't think I would have somebody remove my tooth and then try to put it back.  

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Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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