Tooth Extractions Aren’t Scary
Though tooth extractions don’t sound fun, it’s important to know that they’re a routine, low-risk procedure that is relatively pain-free.
In most cases, a simple tooth extraction can be taken care of by your dentist. In some cases, an oral surgeon needs to be brought in. Either way, recovery time is minimal.
Why Would You Need a Tooth Extraction?
The most common reason for a tooth extraction procedure is wisdom teeth removal. When wisdom teeth do not break through correctly, the surrounding teeth cannot grow the way they should. This procedure requires an oral surgeon.
Another reason for a tooth extraction is to make room in the mouth for better alignment or the tooth is decayed.
The Tooth Extraction Process
A tooth extraction is a pretty quick process and should only take a few minutes:
- After taking x-rays, the dentist or oral surgeon will review them with you and talk through the extraction procedure.
- The dentist will use a local numbing agent for the tooth, gum, and bone.
- As the tooth is extracted you should only feel pressure, not pain.
- In most cases, the dentist can remove the tooth using applied pressure, rather than surgical intervention.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
Your dentist will send you home with instructions for properly caring for the extraction site in the hours and days following tooth removal. You might need to cover the extraction site with gauze.
Some patients may be given anti-inflammatories or other medication for some relief after an extraction. Fortunately, the gums should fully heal in a matter of weeks, as long as the site is kept clean. Once healed, you can replace the missing tooth with an implant, denture, or bridge.