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.
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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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