A toenail can be removed with the use of anesthetic in an office setting for recurrent ingrown nails, after an injury or if you have a nail that just won't grow normally and you are tired of it. Temporary removal of a toenail usually heals quickly and with only mild discomfort and a new nail takes around 9-12 months to grow. During this time, some irritation may present at the leading edge of the nail, but there is some callusing present to protect the toe during this time. If you are thinking of permanently removing your toenail, this heals more slowly and afterwards there may be some sensitivity to the nail bed (the skin under where the nail usually sits) but for some this is an improvement over what they experienced before the procedure.