4 Myths of Dental Extraction
Posted October 15, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 3 min read
There are quite a few misconceptions about tooth extractions. Whether you need a wisdom tooth pulled or if you suspect that you have may a decayed or damaged tooth that requires removal, this blog will clear up some common myths and explain the truth behind tooth extractions.
Myth 1: Tooth Extractions Are Painful
This is probably the biggest myth about tooth extractions.
Many people think that the process of having a tooth removed is extremely painful and that it takes a long time.
This is not the case.
Modern dentists use minimally invasive extraction methods and advanced anesthetic to ensure the comfort of patients throughout the entire process.
To remove a tooth, Doctor simply loosens the tooth with a tool called an elevator after numbing the area thoroughly.
You won’t even feel the extraction! Then, specialized dental forceps are used to pull the tooth out by its socket.
The entire process usually takes just a few minutes, so it’s over before you know it.
There may be a little bit of pain and discomfort after the tooth is removed, but this can be treated with prescription painkillers.
Myth 2: Recovering From a Tooth Extraction Is a Long Process
This is also untrue! While it will take about 1-2 weeks for your tooth’s socket to heal after the tooth has been extracted, most patients only feel pain and discomfort for a few days after the procedure.
As long as you follow the aftercare instructions that Doctor provides, you’ll be able to recover quickly and get back to your normal day-to-day life.
Myth 3: Everyone Needs Their Wisdom Teeth Pulled
In the past, it was very common for dentists and oral surgeons to recommend the removal of all wisdom teeth as soon as they began to erupt during a patient’s late teens and early twenties.
Now, most modern dentists don’t think extractions are always necessary for wisdom teeth.
In some cases, wisdom teeth may erupt properly without any ill effects, especially among patients who have extra space in their mouths.
To determine whether or not your wisdom teeth should be removed, schedule a consultation with Doctor.
During your appointment, he will perform a comprehensive oral exam that include x-rays.
If it turns out that your wisdom teeth do not pose a threat to your oral health, they may not need to be pulled at all!
Myth 4: Extracting an Infected or Damaged Tooth Is Always the Best Option
This is another common myth.
Some people think that if their tooth is seriously infected or damaged, it’s a better idea to have it pulled rather than trying to save it.
This is not the case.
As a rule, it’s always better to try to save a tooth.
Typically, a root canal and crown is recommended for a damaged or infected tooth.
While pulling a damaged tooth may be the right call in some cases, it’s usually better to try to preserve as much of the remaining tooth as possible.
If you choose to have a tooth extracted, your teeth may begin to shift in your mouth, and you’ll need an expensive dental bridge, dental implant or partial denture to repair your smile.
These are all usually a more costly option when compared to a root canal.