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I am 57 years old. I recently moved to a different area and have a new dentist. I am having trouble trusting the new dentist as she is recommending I have my Rt impacted molar removed. It lays mostly sideways under the skin facing the front. The very last molar on the upper right has a large filling which she wants to place a crown on but she says she cannot do that without having the impacted molar surgically removed. At this time, even though that tooth does has a large filling it is not cracked or painful. I would rather have a crown on it but I do not want surgery. I told her there is no problem with it now but if it becomes a problem I would rather just have it pulled then have the impacted molar surgically removed. Then she said it couldn't be pulled either because of the impacted molar. I don't understand the connection. I saw the xrays ( I am an xray tech) and the impacted tooth is not touching that last molar. No previous dentist has ever suggested I have this impacted molar removed.Should I continue to search for a different dentist? I hate to disagree with her.

Dear Renee:

Search for a different dentist.  I get calls for second opinions all the time.  And I'm sure my patients who disagree with my treatment recommendations take my recommendations for a second opinion.

Never be afraid to find a dentist who might be in agreement with your first dentist (the one who was not worried about your wisdom tooth).  When there is a difference of opinion provided by two equally qualified professionals, YOU get to choose between their recommendations.

Let me know what you find out.


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Howard Finnk, D.D.S., P.A., CEO


I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, Atlantic Coast District Dental Society, Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, Alpha Omega Alumni Association, and American Association of Dental Implantologists. Formerly, American Academy of General Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association, Macomb Dental Society, Detroit District Dental Society, Tri-County Dental Health Council (a charitable dental care organization)

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Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology from Wayne State University Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Detroit College of Dentistry Adjunct Clinical Professor, Special Needs Department, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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