After my mother had a fall with a head injury, she was complaining that her teeth hurt. So we went to a dentist, who said the upper teeth were fine, but that two lower teeth have bad decay below the gum line (I was in the room the whole exam and saw the xrays) - these are teeth supporting a bridge, and I'm sure she had food stuck in there under the bridge which caused the decay. At any rate, the plan is to remove one tooth that cannot be saved, remove the bridge, and do a root canal and crown on the other. My mother is really stressed about this, which is causing more problems with cognition. She would like to be put under for the procedure, because of a traumatic dental experience with extraction when she was 12. Then she said she wants to just leave the teeth in until she dies, because right now they are not hurting her. I told her I could not guarantee that the decay would not hit the roots before she dies, and that if she really needs sedation, I will talk with the doctor. At her age I suspect that means an oral surgeon and a hospital stay. And concerns about more adverse affects to her cognitive skills. Anyone else have any experiences with this?