Extract or save?

Interior cusps on #31 fractured, 1950s prophylactic filling lost, no sensitivity; #32 intact, but small gum flap. Will require crown lengthening/pins for crown. Root canal not mentioned? What is risk/benefit? Why not extract? #1 not fully descend

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Answered By: Dr. Benjamin L. Young, DDS

For most people, their wisdom teeth are "non-functional" in that they don't provide much chewing benefit. The second molars, #31 in your case, actually do provide a significant amount of function. If the tooth can be saved with a simple build-up and crown, you're better off doing that in the long run than extracting the tooth, which would likely cause a series of other issues that wouldn't manifest for several years, but become a challenge (and more expensive) to restore.

Answered By: The Smile Shapers, Dr. Allen Levesque

Extract #32 and 1 and crown #31.
Dr. Levesque

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