You may dread going to your dentist's office for tooth extraction, but there are some myths about the procedure that may be exacerbating your anxiety. Today, our dentists dispel some of these myths.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
During a tooth extraction, dentists surgically remove a problematic tooth. It could be damaged, crowding the other teeth in your mouth, or coming in at an incorrect angle. This can result in pain and discomfort, so extraction is your best option.
The procedure is sometimes known as “pulling teeth”. There’s no reason to fear a tooth extraction.
What are some myths about having a tooth pulled?
Here are some myths about the procedure that we often hear from concerned patients:
1. Having a tooth pulled is painful.
One of the most common myths about tooth extraction is that you will experience pain during the procedure. This should no longer be the case, as anesthesia, modern technology, and best-practice dental techniques are used to reduce pain.
2. Tooth extraction is a go-to dental procedure.
This is also false. Dentists try to avoid extracting teeth in favour of preventive, less invasive treatment methods because extraction can sometimes result in dental issues (such as misalignment) or the need for additional treatments, such as tooth replacements, in the future.
Alternatives such as a root canal are frequently recommended unless the tooth is severely infected, damaged, fractured, or decayed beyond repair.
However, tooth extraction is sometimes unavoidable. Practice good oral hygiene and wear a mouthguard during high-impact sports and physical activities to reduce your chances of needing a tooth extraction.
3. It will take a long time to recover.
Though you may anticipate having to cancel commitments and rearrange your schedule for some time, this is not the case. In most cases, you should be able to return to work or school within 3 to 4 days of the surgery.
However, if the extraction was complicated, some patients may require up to a week to recover. Though full healing of the tooth socket may take 2 to 4 weeks, your mouth should be functional within a few days. To hasten recovery, eat soft foods and avoid smoking or strenuous physical activity, both of which can dislodge the blood clot.
Inquire with your dentist about additional after-care instructions to promote healing, reduce pain, and keep the tooth socket from becoming infected.
4. Everyone needs their wisdom teeth pulled.
Though you may hear a lot about people between the ages of 17 and 25 needing their wisdom teeth extracted, dentists will not recommend the procedure in some cases. Your wisdom teeth may emerge without causing potential harm, pain, or damage to the rest of your teeth in some cases.