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 it safe to get a tooth pulled after three months of a C-section?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a C-section before three months. Is it safe to pull my tooth right now? I am having a terrible toothache.   Read Full »

Dr. Kaushik Arya


Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have done C-section before three months, it is safe to visit a dentist for getting treatment. You will be giving breastfeeding to your baby and you need to take some precautions. You need to take safe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines during feeding...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to extract four teeth before orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 12 years old and she is having high canines. My orthodontist advised her to extract four teeth before starting her treatment. I need a second opinion to know whether it is really necessary and if necessary, please mention the teeth to be extracted to avoid having saggy che...  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist, Naturopathy Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment and query (attachment removed to protect patient identity). After going through the X-ray of the lateral cephalogram, there is a proclination of upper and lower anteriors with highly placed canines. There is crowding of upper and l...  Read Full »

Is root canal treatment or extraction really necessary for a broken tooth?

Query: Hi doctor,Before two weeks, a small piece of my tooth got broken. I have pain for a week. My pain is getting worse. I went to a dentist today and he took an X-ray. After taking the X-ray, he gave me two suggestions. The first option is root canal treatment and the other one is extraction. Is this re...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). When a part of a tooth brokes, it is generally treated by these two options and so your dentist has given you the right option. If a small portion of the ...  Read Full »

I have a slight red patch on the gums near a decayed tooth. Is this cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. I have not been to the dentist in the last seven years. I have three decayed teeth in my mouth. Right above one of them on the outside of my gum a little red patch popped up and then it started to decay. On the other side, that is, on the inside of the gum right above ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam


Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I would like to advise you not to panic relating it to cancer. I saw the picture you sent me (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is the remnants of your tooth, which is left behind the gums. Your first molar has decayed so much that there is...  Read Full »

Is my headache related to the tooth extraction done two weeks ago?

Query: Hi doctor, Two weeks ago, I went through a tooth extraction from my right lower jaw (Molar 1 and 2). As the roots were hard to pull, a minor dental surgery was conducted (with two stitches). Since then, my head is paining badly, and I feel two or three spots on my forehead when touched it gets pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You may need antibiotics and painkillers for a week or two. If the pain is only in the head and there is no pain near the wound where the teeth were removed, then you should see a physician. If there is pain near the wound too, then go back to your dentist and get an...  Read Full »

I have a tender, decayed tooth present on the edge of the gums. Is it good to extract it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a decayed second molar on the bottom right side (photo attached). It is decayed over the years to about one third. Just now, it has completely broken off and freed itself from its roots, but is held by only the inside edge of my gums. There is no swelling, but the gums have been te...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The ideal solution is to visit the dentist or oral surgeon for removing the tooth. The broken piece is not clearly visible on the photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). However, trying to pull it out on your own will be quite painful and also may lea...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have bleeding after two days of tooth extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a tooth extraction before a week. I had bleeding for a week and it got stopped. Before two days, I waked up with the bleeding but it has not stopped till now.   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the query. Bleeding after a tooth extraction usually stops within an hour. We suture the wound to reduce bleeding. But having bleeding for more than a day suggests an issue. You can have diabetes or hypertension or any bleeding disorder. It has t...  Read Full »

How to treat abscessed tooth in a breastfeeding mother?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a dental abscess on the gum of the infected tooth. My lateral incisor is infected and I have a lot of pain over it. I went to the dentist and he prescribed Keflex 500 mg. After taking two doses, my tooth pain got reduced. But my cheek and eyes became swollen. It happened overnight a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Dentist, Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your lateral incisor is in bad condition (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and it causes infection in the bone. The antibiotics can suppress the bone abscess. But the swelling on the face indicates that the infection has spread into the soft tissues. It i...  Read Full »

I have some mobile teeth with periodontitis. What is the treatment option other than extraction?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 62-year-old female. I have moderate to severe periodontitis. A couple of teeth are mobile with some crowns. I have some missing teeth. My dentist advised me to have an extraction of seven teeth. I want a second opinion. I would like to treat them first. Please suggest.   Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In the upper jaw, there are at least three teeth presenting with periodontitis and deep pocket formation. The only option is to do an extraction. If you do not have any symptoms for now, then you can delay doing extraction for few months or for a couple of years. In the...  Read Full »

Is sedation necessary to get second molar extracted?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting my second molar extraction tomorrow morning. It has a vertical fracture, and unfortunately, a root canal cannot fix it because it is on the side of the tooth. I went to the oral surgeon for the evaluation, and he seemed very competent and explained the process and what wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Dentist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have two advantages. First is, an oral surgeon is doing the surgery who is the most competent dentist to perform an extraction. Secondly, sedation is a painless phenomenon that is better than GA. So do not worry. Get your tooth extracted and take full precau...  Read Full »

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