My dentist says a specialist will be required.

Hello. Where we left things, some months back, is that we will wait for the tooth to fail and then extract it. It is a molar, lower right, second from the back. It has a crown and a big cavity on one side, going down. He has saved the adjacent teeth but they are to weak to serve as levers for taking out the tooth in question. He says special tools will be needed. Since he will not be doing it, I thought I might try to find the specialist on my own to save money. What search terms would I use and how much should it cost? He suggests the tooth would be sectioned in half before removal.

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Answer: Oral Surgeon

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

The best thing to do is to ask your dentist for a referral to an Oral Surgeon.  If surgical extractions are out of your general dentists scope and comfort level, he/she will use an oral surgeon.  An oral surgeon specializes in extractions and can remove the tooth quickly and hopefully with minimal post-operative discomfort.  Oral surgeons tend to be slightly more expensive, however, set up a consultation first to determine the best treatment for the tooth.  Your first molar is a very important tooth.  The oral surgeon may be able to place a bone graft and dental implant at the same time of the extraction.  You will need to replace the tooth in the future and a dental implant is the best treatment if you are a candidate.  

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