Hole in upper right molar -- Does my tooth need to be removed? (photo)
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Hole in upper right molar -- Does my tooth need to be removed?
If there is little solid tooth remaining inside, then I would agree with your dentist about removing it, as it is probably too late for a root canal and crown.
Regarding implants, it appears from the photo that the tooth is an upper second molar (#2 or #15), and typically this is not an area that will support well and implant. However, that does not mean that one cannot be done. It might need a procedure called bone augmentation and sinus lift surgery, but often times not worth doing because of the time, money and effort to have it done.
Might be save able
at first glance I would think it could be saved. An X-ray would help. Hate to say it, but options are limited on some insurance plans or Medicaid. Ie, Medicaid has will not pay (as in never) for a root canal on an adult, so the only option presented is removal. Your choices may be a factor of your insurance. Without a physical exam, it is hard to say what your options are.
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