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Question:
The majority of my teeth are broken, decayed or have cavities. Partially due to improper oral hygene, but have always had a weakness for sweets. Since 2 weeks before Christmas have had tootache off and on, is it possible to find an oral surgeon to just remove all of these bad teeth?

This is an ongoing struggle and the pain is not getting any easier to bear. I am 48 years old in relatively good health other than my teeth. I am told by many the poisons draining from my bad teeth into my system can make me ill or cause death.

Since I really am not prepared for that at this time I need to seek professional guidance. ... Visitor from PA

Answer:
It sounds like you have a number of teeth that may, in fact, require extraction. Yes, it is ok to go directly to an oral surgeon, but it's better in my opinion to see a general dentist first for a complete set of xrays and an overall treatment plan.

A general dentist may be able to do any necessary extractions which would be less costly than an oral surgeon, and may be able to save some teeth as well. Also, you may want to explore partial or complete dentures to replace the teeth that have to be lost. Best of luck

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