My dentist has recommended extraction but I am loathe to part with it yet.
If I keep it the chances are it may (=will definitely?) flare up again and I will have to presumably follow another course of antibiotics prior to its inevitable extraction.
Is it irresponsible to make such a plan involving a probable second course of antibiotics that we are supposed to be cutting down on and only using as a last recourse?
Go to another one for second opinion to make up your mind.
could you put a Crown in place of it .I did something simular
I think once it is broken down to the gum line that crowns are not an option (nor root canals as I have understood it,)
My hope is to keep flossing and salt washing it on a regular basis and get a few years out of it.
But if it will flare up with another abscess(the infection is probably there at a very low level) in a matter of months or weeks then it seems pointless to persevere with it ...and I don't want to abuse antibiotics unnecessarily.
My dentist seems pretty definite about extraction being the only option and says I should be able to cope with the gap as I have the same tooth missing on the other side.
I don't envisage spending a lot of money on the whole thing
You can get a bridge or an implant. Ranges from 1200 to north or 2k for the implant
I think I saw bridges may be available on the medical card.....
So you have to have them all out to get a denture on the medical card system?
Sadly yes! It is a weird situation
Who said you had to part wth it?
A more accurate way of looking at it is, if you have to have a tooth out, the medical card provides for a free denture, if approved.
And a bridge is not classed as a denture?