Hello hkeducation.first. Thanks for visiting healthcaremagic.com. Your father is 80 years old and diabetic, which increases his risks of complications during/after surgery including dental surgery
. I assume that this is the reason that the dentist
does not want to operate. Your father can be referred to a dentist that will operate on his tooth.
IF your father is going to undergo general anesthesia
or if it going to be a long procedure, the dentist may want to have your father have a cardiac workup, if this has not been done recently, to lower your father's risk of complications after surgery.
Be well, Dr. Kimberly