Do you have a cyst in your gum? Has a trained dental specialist recommended that you remove the tooth to prevent it from re-occurring? Are you agonizing over such a decision?
I have experienced this situation. It’s important to think very carefully before you make a choice that you’ll regret later in life.
About twenty years ago, my dentist asked me to visit an oral surgeon due to a cyst in my gum. The professional I visited suggested cleaning out the cyst. Not desiring to lose any teeth, I agreed and the procedure was shortly thereafter performed.
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Ten years passed and the cyst returned, Once more I found myself in a dental office. This time I was informed that the tooth should be removed. I disagreed with the recommendation and asked for another opinion. The second dental surgeon supported the first and I wondered whether I should follow their advice. After all, ten years is a long time. If the gum around the tooth is cleaned out every ten years (if that is what is required), then it’s a small price to pay for keeping all of my teeth which are designed to last a lifetime.
It was at this point that I decided to take control of my own dental health. I visited a third oral surgeon and requested that he clean out the gum. He was reticent to say the least. The fellow didn’t like the idea of a patient deciding what was best for his own health and the oral surgeon firmly made the point that it was much cheaper to remove the tooth. As I was the one who had to live with the decision, not him, I stated I would pay the extra cost to save my own teeth. Apparently it seems that procedures that don’t pay the surgeon thousands of dollars are frowned upon and overtly discouraged. The request of the patient is surpassed by the greed of some dental professionals.
Nonetheless, he relented after realizing that my mind was made up. The procedure was performed with one condition placed by him, that if the cyst returned I would not visit ‘him’ again for the procedure to clean it out.
On the day of the actual procedure, the ‘professional’ threw a tantrum in front of his assistants after I was given sedation and said ‘ouch’. Before I fell asleep, he stated “since you said ‘ouch’, I think I shouldn’t perform the procedure. His assistants were shocked. I was in no condition to speak and within a minute or so became unconscious.
When I woke up, the procedure had been performed, and one of his assistants was with me. She agreed that what had occurred was ‘unprofessional’ and had no explanation for his attitude. Several minutes passed before the oral surgeon entered the room. No apology for his poor behavior was offered. Instead, I was given some brief advice, a prescription and sent on my way.
I had been traumatized by this so called ‘professional’ and wrote him a letter to vent my frustrations with his loathsome conduct. I never received a reply. To this day, by using salt water rinsing, the cyst has not returned (about ten years have passed once more).
If you remove any teeth, your entire bite structure will shift as you age resulting in instability and future problems. Of course you might consider implants, which are hugely expensive and require several procedures. The ‘cheapest’ method will result in you suffering the consequences, not the ‘professional’ who is making the recommendations.
I strongly urge anyone who visits a medical or dental professional to keep a tight rein on them. Ultimately, you are the person in charge of your body.