A visit to the dentist to get a tooth pulled is a frequent source of stress for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are wondering what to expect while getting ready, read this article to learn more. Looking for a periodontist in Sugar Land, Texas? Dr. Bret Dyer of Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology has got you covered.
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is exactly how it sounds; it is a procedure that involves getting one or more teeth pulled out from the gums to keep the teeth and oral cavity healthy as well as prevent future oral issues. Tooth extraction is always carried out by a certified dentist or periodontist. Tooth extractions are of two types; simple and surgical. A simple extraction involves removing a tooth that is visible above the gum line using a pair of forceps. On the other hand, a surgical extraction can be performed to detach a tooth that is below the gum line due to deterioration and may require more specialized tools. Both types of tooth extraction must be performed by a qualified dental professional.
Why is tooth extraction done?
Your dentist or periodontist may examine your teeth and prescribe a tooth extraction to improve your dental health. Some of the most common reasons you will need to have a tooth pulled include the following:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Tooth decay due to infection in the oral cavity
- A Wisdom tooth putting pressure on surrounding teeth, which can cause damage
- Overcrowded or impacted teeth
- Damaged or deteriorated teeth that cannot be restored by filling or a crown
Is tooth extraction painful?
You should expect to feel some pain while getting a tooth pulled, although your dentist or periodontist will inject the surrounding gums with local anesthesia to significantly lessen the pain. At some point after receiving the injection, your teeth and gums should become desensitized enough for you to carry on with your day. However, it is advisable to avoid performing strenuous work immediately following tooth extraction.
What to expect before tooth extraction
Your dentist or periodontist will carry out a comprehensive examination of your teeth via an X-ray before extraction. If a simple extraction suffices, the dentist will typically use forceps to firmly and gradually pull it out of the gum. If a complex extraction needs to be performed, your dentist may need to cut parts of your gum to properly expose the tooth margins or cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. Not to worry, all of these processes are performed using anesthesia to significantly lessen the pain you feel and a tooth extraction usually takes no more than 20 – 40 minutes.
What to expect after getting a tooth pulled
As mentioned earlier, your dentist will advise you to get enough rest immediately after a tooth extraction and avoid performing strenuous work. Placing ice on your cheeks as a cold compress may help to reduce swelling and pain in the mouth after tooth extraction. If you plan to fly within 48 hours of your tooth extraction appointment, be sure to speak to your dental professional about dealing with the pain. Changes in altitude and cabin pressure and constant vibrations of airplanes can increase pain and discomfort in the gums and jaws of patients who have recently had tooth extraction.