Oral Health

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Posted by: swg | 2008/09/16

Q.

tooth extraction

hi - i posted here late in jule (post 67/70 i think) i finally saw the surgeon and he didnt want to make a final choice but asked us to persevere and try to save the tooth. so i saw my dentist last week and after flushing the tooth and drying it and making sure that there is no infection in the bottom of the canals he prescribed some more antibiotics. which i started on immediately. so he asked me to let him know how its going on the friday. when i spoke to him and told him that the pain persists he said he would have to extract the tooth. i' m only on a hospital plan so was hoping to get the ICD10 codes from the surgeon first but the dentist does not want to wait. he is afraid of more boneloss and that if it is an infection that it will spread and that the only way to get to the problem is to get the tooth out. i have the titanium plates in my jaw so the surgeon said that when he inserts the implant he' ll do it in theatre so that he can remove the titanium plate and screws on that side. I still have all my teeth so am terrified of losing this one AND sitting with a gap for 3 months. scared s***less is quite descriptive. are there any other alternatives? what can i expect with extraction? (the jaw surgeon is away until mid Oct)

my appointment is on thursday so any advice would be appreciated.

many thanks
SWG

ps do you know if discover coastel saver covers an implant if its inserted in theatre? the surgeon did say that the plate would have to be removed as the metals are different so i figure that they would have to pay then. when i joined discovery i did tell them that i had the surgery and that i have the plates)

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

you do not have to leave a gap for three months after the extraction.
Ask your dentist about a temporry denture.
The extraction should not cause you too much pain- usually for about 3-4 days.

Sorry, you will have to call Discovery

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