07003 Dentist Shares What to Expect During & After Tooth Extraction
Losing a tooth is something no one wants to think about, but unfortunately there are times when it is truly the best—if not the only—option. The prospect of having a tooth extracted is understandably nerve-wracking. Will it hurt? How long will it take? How long will it take to heal? The good news is that most extractions are simple and the healing is relatively quick and easy.
First, it’s important to know that there are two kinds of extractions:
• Non-surgical extractions are those that relate to fully erupted teeth and no alteration of bone is anticipated in order to remove the tooth. This is the common type of extraction.
• Surgical extractions are primarily for wisdom teeth or any tooth that is “impacted,” meaning surrounded by bone. There are other less common instances in which an extraction may be surgical, such as when there are only root tips remaining and bone must be removed to access them.
Non-surgical extractions are a routine procedure for general dentists. This type of extraction is indicated for a tooth that is abscessed, badly broken, or is deteriorated to the point that no other options are viable for saving the tooth.
What is the extraction procedure like?
Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be extracted which ensures that no pain is felt. An important thing to know is that even though the tooth is numb, you will still have some sensations. For instance, you may feel as though there is pressure in your tooth or that it is being squeezed, but it will not feel necessarily painful. It is very difficult to completely remove all sensation from a tooth. Instead, the goal is to remove sensations of pain.
Contrary to popular belief, the dentist will not begin pulling on the tooth until it comes out. It is more appropriate to say that a tooth is pushed out rather than pulled out. The dentist will use a set of tools to separate the tooth from the surrounding gum and bone until it is loose enough to be pulled out.
How will I feel post-extraction?
Your dentist will give you specific instructions on what to do and what not to do over the following days. You will keep gauze placed over the extraction site until it stops bleeding, which may take up to 24 hours. You may be prescribed pain medications as well. By following your 07003 dentist’s instructions, you should have no problems healing quickly and getting back to normal in short order.