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 possible to correct crowded teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has crowded upper and lower teeth. So, I have been to two orthodontists yesterday, and I got different opinions from both of them. One said we do not need to remove any teeth, however, his upper teeth will come little forward and will not cause much deformation in his face. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your state of confusion. I have seen the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It can be quite difficult to decide. So, I will give you information about both line of orthodontic treatments and the reason behind them. Your son has mild ...  Read Full »

Can extraction for orthodontic treatment cause asymmetrical teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got braces, and one tooth was extracted. Now, I feel my teeth are very asymmetric. I had crowded teeth before treatment. I am attching the pictures. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and shall surely try to help you. First of all, I would like to know since when have you been under treatment? That is a real factor in seeing before and after pictures. I saw the attached pictures (attachments are removed to protect the p...  Read Full »

I have severe pain in my broken lower molar. How to treat it other than extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having severe pain in one of my lower molar for a week, which is broken and is falling off in pieces. I do not want to get it removed due to fear of pain. What else can be done?  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Laxminarayan Iyer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry for your complaint. Well, you have not stated for how long you have been experiencing the pain. Also, try to elaborate the nature of the tooth pain, for example, is it on and off type, persistent, etc. Probable cause: Decay. Tooth fracture. Probable diagnosi...  Read Full »

Does shooting pain last for more than eight weeks in a dry socket?

Query: Hi doctor, I get intermittent shooting pain in my lower jaw right-hand side. It only started after two teeth extractions and a dry socket. The pain comes suddenly and lasts for few seconds without any pattern. Sometimes I get a few one after the other, and other times it is just one shooting pain. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you already have a history of a dry socket and extracted teeth, your sharp shooting pain should have subsided long back technically. A dry socket usually creates dull throbbing pain. You do not need to worry. It might not be a TMJ (tempro-mandibular joint) disorde...  Read Full »

My mother lost all her teeth. Is there any possibility of fixing new teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 53 years old. Almost all her teeth have been fallen, and she feels difficult to chew. What best can be done? Is there is any possibility of fixing new teeth?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, there are many ways to fix all of the teeth. First, a dentist has to check which all teeth are remaining in the mouth can be saved. Treat them with root canal treatment and then remove all other teeth, which do not have much strength and prone to fall out soon eno...  Read Full »

Is it correct to remove irregularly placed teeth if it causes problems in jaw positioning?

Query: Hello doctor, I wanted to ask that my one upper tooth is at the back and one is too up. And my front two teeth are forward. My lower teeth are a little misaligned. I have to keep my jaw forward because of my upper teeth, which are at the back. And at night, my jaw pains because all day I have to ke...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your and your mother's concern. First of all, kindly do not experiment with yourself and let experts do the needful. Your experimenting with your jaws by bringing forward and backward can complicate the case more. Though I need a photograph, I can unders...  Read Full »

Are steroids indicated after dental extraction?

Query: Hi doctor,I had my wisdom tooth extracted yesterday. The doctor prescribed Prednisolone 40 mg BD, Clindamycin 300 mg BD, Vitamin C 100 mg TDS, Antalgex T BD, and Metronidazole 400 mg TDS for five to seven days. Is this not too much? I do not want to have side effects, and I do not want it to affect ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi,Welcome to, I would not suggest Prednisone and Metronidazole for wisdom tooth extraction. You may continue the other medicines. Still, I do not know in which specific condition has your dentist prescribed Prednisone. Do you have any other health issues unrelated to wisdom toot...  Read Full »

What to do when milk tooth disturbs the growth of adult tooth?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a milk tooth that has not fallen. An adult tooth grows through my gums. My milk tooth is loose and causes pain. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You need to extract your milk tooth within its shedding time by consulting your local dentist. This gives a clear path for the permanent tooth to erupt. Now, you need to extract your milk tooth and you may require an orthodontic procedure to correct your misalignment of...  Read Full »

Why did the infection spread to the jaw even after root canal treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a root canal by a general dentist. I was told that the tooth was infected and going through with the procedure would be my best. I consented and had my treatment. I was done with the treatment and came home with full of instructions given to me. I had Penicillin and Ibuprofen for ev...  Read Full »

Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the radiograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your tooth infection had extended beyond the root apex and entered the underlying bone, and it becomes a periapical abscess. The tooth roots are much flared also. Root canal treatment is a conserva...  Read Full »

How to manage a piece of bone that has protruded through the gums?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a tooth extraction after having Zoledronic infusions. A few weeks back, a small piece of bone protruded through my gums. It caused ulcers on my tongue. I took two courses of Amoxicillin. My dentist tried to pull the bone before realizing that it was fused with my bone. I was told...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you have Paget's disease or osteoporosis. It is not a good sign to have bone exposure or protrusion. You did not mention the exact site. I assume that it is present on the lower tooth. Please mention whether the protruded bone came out through the...  Read Full »

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