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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I had braces and underwent extraction for two upper teeth, but I am planning to get braces again. Would tooth extraction complicate the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I had braces a couple of years back, and two extractions were performed on my upper teeth, but I did not maintain the braces for long. However, I am planning to get braces again. Would the extracted tooth make getting braces or aligners complicated?  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Retreating a case may be challenging sometimes and sometimes it does not. As you mentioned, two upper teeth were extracted and spaces were closed. Now, based on the current situation, it will be decided how we can proceed further to achieve ...  Read Full »

My canine is stuck in the tooth socket despite getting it removed. Will it grow back?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a stuck canine tooth. Recently I removed my canine teeth, and it seems like the tooth is stuck. Would it grow back? Or do I have to undergo surgery? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The X-ray shows two canine teeth (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The smaller one is the milk tooth (deciduous canine), and the one embedded in the bone is the permanent canine. This is calle...  Read Full »

An orthodontist recommended to pull out my son's four teeth for his crowding issue, while the general dentist recommends against it. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Our son went to an orthodontist for a consultation. He said that he has a lot of crowding. He recommended that four teeth to be pulled out and put an appliance on the top and bottom to widen the jaw to make more space after he had a cleaning. I sent the attached file of the doctor's re...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Crowding is one of the common findings seen in patients. There are various modalities to treat a case of crowding with extraction or expansion or non-extraction with interproximal reduction. Extraction: Here, a certain number of teeth are...  Read Full »

I put on braces last month for my upper teeth. They want to extract four teeth. I want a second opinion.

Query: Hi doctor, I put on braces last month for my upper teeth. I notice that if I am put on an expander, I will not need extraction. They want to extract four teeth. I want a second opinion. How long does it take for an expander to work? I only have 17 months left on my duty station.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Orthodontics has changed a lot since its inception about 120 years ago. Previously, it was a non-extraction protocol that was in the trend, followed by extraction protocols in the 19...  Read Full »

Is it normal to extract RCT-failed molars instead of premolars for my orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an overbite, and my orthodontist suggested extraction of both upper first molars (failed root canal treatment) instead of four healthy premolars. Will the gap close? Will my appearance change? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There are cases wherein the orthodontist has to change the general extraction protocol of four premolars and go for molars or incisors at times. But that is fine as long as we maintain the rest of the teeth healthy with good oral hygiene and ...  Read Full »

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