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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What is the most effective way to get rid of severe toothache?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the most effective way to get rid of a severe toothache? Last Sunday, I went to a different clinic for tooth filling because my dentist went abroad for vacation. In fact, it lessened the pain, but afterward, it became more painful. So I contacted my dentist for medicine to tak...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Firstly, I would like to say that a simple filling cannot be a treatment for a tooth in pain. The pain itself occurs only because of an infection inside the tooth. Yes, as the other dentist said, it could be a dental abscess. You have also mentioned that you have severe...  Read Full »

Could it be dry socket even if there is no pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I got four wisdom teeth out a week ago, and the pain has been slowly decreasing, except my jaw is still stiff and hurts a little. I looked in my mouth tonight and my bottom holes have not filled, it looks to have white/yellow stuff in it and my breath smells, no matter how many times I...  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It might be a dry socket, but usually, dry socket appears just three days after the extraction with excruciating pain and a smelly breath. If that is the case, you need to check with a local dentist stat. However, sometimes what happens is while extracting a tooth, ...  Read Full »

I underwent multiple tooth extractions five days back. Why is the swelling not going away?

Query: Hi doctor,Five days ago, I had 11 teeth extracted. I had an area in my mouth that occasionally would swell up right behind my upper front teeth when they were in. Now that they are removed, I have constant swelling in that area. I have tried ice directly on it and tried it from the outside, but the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It seems you have stitches at the sites (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity), which may have to be removed in a day or two. I suggest you use warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week. It will take nearly two w...  Read Full »

Why is there a growth coming out of socket after extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a tooth pulled ten days back. Now there is a growth coming out of the socket. It is white or grayish and soft. No pain but it is getting larger. What is it?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. After every tooth extraction, there will be an immediate blood clot that is formed and if secured properly that leads to the formation of a greyish white fibrous layer. This eventually will form the gums in th...  Read Full »

While breastfeeding, can I get my damaged tooth out?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 4-month-baby boy. I am doing breastfeeding. My tooth is entirely damaged. So I am planning to remove my tooth. Is it correct or not? I am taking medicine for it. Please tell me a suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is better to remove a damaged tooth. You can take some antibiotics and painkiller medicines. Take Amoxicillin 500 mg for three days after extraction. It does not affect your kid. Ask your dentist about particular medications while breastfeeding. For more information...  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 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 »

Why is there pain at the site of wisdom tooth extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a wisdom tooth and an adjacent molar removed two days ago. Everything has healed nicely except a very painful white spot in the very back of my cheek next to the extraction site. What could this be? I have attached photographs for your reference.  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity) By looking at the picture, it looks like an oral ulcer to me. You need not worry, and it sometimes takes more than a week to heal up completely. You can start with Hexidine (Chlorhex...  Read Full »

I got my dry sockets packed twice already, then why is the pain not going down?

Query: Hi doctor, I had four teeth extracted a week ago, two on top and two on the bottom. I did not get numb at all, so I felt it all. I was diagnosed with a dry socket on the bottom. The dentist that I went to packed it twice now, after 4 to 5 days. As the extracted teeth were adjacent teeth, so when he ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query. Dry socket after extraction is caused due to the blood clot getting dislodged from the extraction socket. So ideally, the dry socket should be curetted, which means it should be cleaned and irrigated with medicine, and an obtundent dr...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned if the sutures from the extraction site come out spontaneously and food gets trapped there?

Query: Hi doctor, My wisdom tooth was extracted four days ago, and the stitches came off yesterday. Should I be concerned if the stitches of my extracted wisdom tooth came off and food goes deep inside the extracted site? Please give me your suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Healing after tooth extraction takes three to five days. However, complete closure of the socket takes a couple of weeks. Stitches coming off are not a problem if you do not have any pain or discomfort. But avoid eating hard and chewy foo...  Read Full »

My tongue and lip are numb nine hours after a tooth was removed. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I just removed one wisdom tooth on my right side. It has been nine hours and the half of my tongue, lip and teeth are numb. What should I do? Is this permanent?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have been through your query. The numbness you are feeling is because of transient mandibular nerve palsy, which is the most common complication of the inferior alveolar nerve block. So, do not panic. It will be alright within 24 hours. You can put hot sand in a cl...  Read Full »

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