My 88-year-old diabetic Mom has 7 damaged teeth left in her mouth, in addition to 2 undamaged implants. Although the 7 teeth have chips in them, she still can chew with them. Eventually, she will complain that she has pain in one of the teeth, and then we will have that infected tooth extracted. Two dentists have advised that it's best to remove all 7 damaged teeth before infection sets in, since my Mom is a diabetic and infection in a diabetic is particularly dangerous. One oral surgeon has advised me that dentists will often suggest that all teeth be removed as soon as possible because they are "covering their butt". Although he is aware of my Mom's diabetes, this oral surgeon is more concerned that if we remove all of remaining teeth at once, it will be difficult for my Mom to chew. (My Mom has advised she is "not putting up with dentures"). My Mom is against having any teeth removed before it's completely necessary -- i.e., before she has pain because the tooth has become infected. She is also in the very beginning stages of dementia, and feels that the dentists are "in league" to remove all of her teeth. I am torn between removing all of her teeth now, or putting my Mom at risk by waiting for an infection to set in before removal. What further complicates things is that my Mom is becoming increasingly confused and physically weak from the natural aging process. I am concerned that if I don't remove all 7 teeth now, her developing confusion and weakness will make postponed extractions all the more difficult for her when we do eventually extract them. She doesn't do well "in the chair" and with time, that experience will only be more difficult for her. However, she is extremely agitated at the prospect of all her remaining teeth being removed, and I am earnestly trying to do the "right thing" by her. Does anyone have any opinions on this matter? If so, I would greatly appreciate hearing them, as I am truly torn. Many, many thanks!