Don’t Wait Too Long To Extract A Bad Tooth!

The absolute worst thing you can do is wait to pull a bad tooth. 

Many times a really bad tooth is painful, but then it gets better! You know and have been told that it needs to be extracted but you decide to wait because the pain is gone…for now.

In the old days, "keep it until it falls out" was the mantra.  The exact opposite is true today.

If the tooth needs to be extracted due to gum disease, which causes bone loss, the situation only worsens.  Your body is trying to “self-extract” your tooth by dissolving the surrounding bone and making it loose. 

Eventually, it will fall out!  All that time, it has dissolved all the good bone around it that would have supported a dental implant.

Dental implants need great bone support.  Waiting to remove a tooth only compromises the bone and makes having a dental implant more expensive than it needs to be.

In this picture below, you can see how the gum disease has dissolved away the gum and bone making the teeth longer.


Look at this x-ray.  Do you see how the bone is missing from gum disease?

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Extracting the bad tooth will reduce the need for bone grafting or sinus lifts making it a very easy procedure for you.

Here are some examples of simple dental implants:

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Feel free to share your thoughts on waiting to remove a bad tooth.

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7 thoughts on “Don’t Wait Too Long To Extract A Bad Tooth!

    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hello Melanie,

      Typically multiple teeth are extracted and a single visit using IV sedation. It is far better to have the teeth removed at the same time unless you have some very complex health issue. This will mean you only have one healing period, one anesthesia, one time on antibiotics, etc. etc. Why go through all this twice?

      If you’re considering having a dental implant, consider having a socket preservation bone graft to maintain the bone especially if it is in a critical area.

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      Very respectfully,

      Ramsey Amin DDS
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
      Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  1. arun lal

    i have one tooth gone bad and broken. i am in pain .how can i remove the tooth my self .
    if i done later i have any problem or not

    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Arun,

      Be careful! You really should have a dentist do this for you. You can easily break the roots off or break your bone along with removing the tooth. If you’re considering a dental implant you may want to consider having a socket bone graft done at the same time the tooth is removed.

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      Ramsey Amin DDS
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
      Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  2. nelly

    I have 3 tooth that have gone bad and broken. I am in pain more times then not. I can not afford a dentist even to extract my teeth that need to be extracted. If my teeth just break will I have no pain I don’t know I’m not a dentist. What did people do in the old days? Just die .

    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hello Nelly,

      I am sorry to hear about your situation. An excellent resource would be a local dental school. There are also free clinics in many major cities that can handle basic care such as extractions and pain management.

      Good luck. I wish you the best

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  3. KS

    Now I will not have any doubt to pull out a bad tooth when I have one because I know now the other possible bad effect of this bad tooth in my other tooth when I don’t pull it out immediately after I notice it.