Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is the surgical removal of a tooth. A tooth is extracted if it is grossly decayed, infected, loose tooth, over-retained milk tooth, or crowding.

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Is root canal the correct treatment option for an infected tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my lower right side first molar extraction about a month ago. My dentist prescribed a course of antibiotics. The pain persisted after I finished the antibiotics course, so the dentist again prescribed a five-day antibiotic course. A week went by with no pain, and then the pain re-o...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern regarding to dental health. First of all, I would like to suggest you go for a clinical examination of an affected area. If there is a presence of plaque or calculus near the second molar of the lower right side, then go for scaling. I...  Read Full »

Kindly advise if I should get my tooth extracted.

Query: Hi doctor, I had a lump approximately 3 cm away from the bottom of the tooth on the outer portion of the jaw. It was approximately 2 cm in diameter. After cleaning with salt solution, my doctor prescribed Lincomycin 500 capsules thrice daily for five days. As there was swelling on some portions of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It will help if you ask the dentist to extract the tooth as soon as possible. Due to so much infection and pus, the tooth cannot be saved now. Also, the swelling may not subside without removing that tooth. Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid combination is required fo...  Read Full »

My 11-year-old son has a supernumerary tooth between two teeth. Is it advisable to extract it?

Query: Hi doctor,My son is 11 years old, and I need your opinion about his case. He has a supernumerary tooth in between the tooth 28 and 29. I am overseas, and doctors here are only giving me one option: extraction under IV (Intravenous) sedation. I do not feel comfortable doing all that. I keep on asking...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq. com. I am sorry for the problems your son has. There is a supernumerary tooth in between the lower right premolars. But it is in the early stage, and still, there is lots of time to grow. And your son is now only 11 years old. Probably that is why you fear to go for any...  Read Full »

What is the tiny tissue that is hanging after pulling a loose tooth in my 5-year-old daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old daughter had a very loose tooth two days ago. It was barely hanging on and getting in the way of her eating. We pulled the tooth out, and she said it hurt a little even though it was barely attached. There is now a tiny piece of tissue sticking up out of the hole where h...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the pictures attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It is important to confirm that you have pulled the entire tooth. If yes, then I advise you to wait for three days and follow general instructions like having a soft diet, bla...  Read Full »

Can a supernumerary tooth be extracted under local anesthesia instead of conscious sedation?

Query: Hello doctor,My 11-year-old son has a supernumerary tooth, and we need to extract that tooth. I was told that this procedure needs conscious sedation with periodic monitoring of vitals. But I am afraid of the medications that are used for sedation. Because some medicines will cause side effects like...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sedation is one of the options for the extraction of a supernumerary tooth. The other method is sedation along with general anesthesia. In extraction without sedation, the child should be cooperative, and the parents should console their child at the time of extract...  Read Full »

My 11-year-old son got two different opinions about his dental issue. How to opt for the right one?

Query: Hi doctor,My son is 11 years old. He got a dental checkup last week. I received two different opinions on his issue of what is showing on his X-rays. I am concerned about it. Kindly suggest.   Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please be calm. See as per my interpretation, there seems to be an additional canal in the molar which is either separated or isolated. I suggest you please have RVG (radiovisiography) or CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) of the molar for clarification.  Read Full »

How to know if my tooth extraction site is healing properly?

Query: Hello doctor, My right and left upper fourth teeth (14 and 24) were removed one week ago. The pain level is moderate, there is not much bleeding, gums are not swollen or painful, it is not red, but I can feel some discomfort. This is my first experience with extractions, and I am unsure about t...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.The mold you are referring to is the blood clot inside the wound. The blood clot appears greyish-yellow inside the mouth due to constant salivation, and it is perfectly normal. Not to touch the wound with anything for a couple of days to allow better healing. Continue sa...  Read Full »

Will the facial profile become flat after orthodontic extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I got braces on the upper front teeth, about a month ago. They need to be on for the next 30 months. However, before the treatment can continue, my orthodontist wants to remove two upper premolars because he says that my jaw is a little too small, and my teeth are a little too big. He ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have looked at your pictures and x-rays (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to have some crowding and a forward upper molar with mismatched midlines. Your orthodontist has decided to remove your upper right second premolar, and upper left first...  Read Full »

How to get rid of the cysts developed in the upper jaw with soft tissue growth in the sinus?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two cysts on my right upper jaw on tooth number 3 and 4. I have attached the OPG x-ray of that area. I also have a soft tissue growth in my right and left maxillary sinuses. Under these circumstances, what should I do? Should I visit a dentist or an oral surgeon? Please tell me.  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Kannan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen both the x-rays that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It appears like two cysts are present in the maxilla in the 13, 14, and 15 regions. This is most likely a periapical cyst. It has a distinct radiopaque (white) border. ...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old daughter has an infected tooth with pain. Does it require extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,My 4 year old daughter got a cavity filled a month back. But now, she is complaining that the same tooth is paining, and there is a big swelling around the infected tooth. So, we went to the dentist, who gave her antibiotics for seven days. He wants to extract the infected tooth, and he...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. At 4 years, we never advise getting the tooth extracted. If the tooth is infected, we perform a procedure called as pulpectomy. Here we remove the infected portion of the pulp, and replace it with a filling or place a small crown to save the tooth until the patient is...  Read Full »

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