Tooth extraction – is it always necessary? According to Dr Emma: “Extractions used to be the cornerstone of dentistry. My nanna tells the story of being a child in the 1920s, given a coin to take herself down to the dentist to have an aching tooth pulled out, then walking herself home again. For lots of people today, it seems the obvious choice when a tooth is painful, and particularly when money is tight. Although, completely removing a tooth or teeth is not always the best option”. In this post, Dr Emma discusses the risks and benefits associated with tooth extraction and also explains the mental checklist she runs through before deciding to "pull it out…"