This tooth was extracted in my Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay Florida area dentist office this afternoon, July 9, 1012.
The tooth is held in a “23” or “cow horn” forceps. The brown area in the coronal portion of this tooth is a deep cavity in tooth #18. this long term dental patient of mine asked to have this very rotten tooth extracted rather than go thru root canal therapy, post & core build up and crown. Some dentists try to talk their patients into saving all teeth. I treat my patients as intelligent humans that can make informed choices about their health care. If this registered nurse wants her rotten tooth #18 extracted, she is allowed to make that choice. The patient was relaxed using non-IV conscious sedation, local anesthesia was used, the procedure went very smoothly and everyone is happy here.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A