How does one define a rotten tooth? In this picture we clearly see a freshly extracted tooth. It is tooth #25 and was extracted on May 14th, 2012. The arrow is pointing to a cyst attached to the apex (tip of the root.)
Is this a rotten tooth? It was a diseased and infected tooth. It was painful and unhealthy. It has no tooth decay, and yet it was diseased. What do you think, was it a rotten tooth? The patient surely thought it was a rotten tooth that she wanted to get rid of. Other treatment options were available, but given the state of infection and the periodontal condition of this tooth, extraction was not only the most cost effective treatment, but the treatment of choice.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A