Did you know that 74% of all adults have had at least one tooth extracted? Painful toothaches, decay, and infection are all key indicators it may be time to consider an extraction as a treatment solution. However, we see many patients who are initially wary of accepting this treatment due to fear of pain or the unknown. With modern advancements in dentistry, tooth extraction has become routine and relatively pain-free, especially when compared to the discomfort associated with an infected tooth. Removing the tooth can save you from unnecessary pain and protect the rest of your healthy teeth from being affected by an infection, a dental shift that moves the teeth, or some other reason.
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which one or more teeth are taken out of a patient’s mouth.
When your appointment rolls around, the expectations you have depend on the type of extraction you’re having done.
A tooth extraction is not typically a surgical procedure, except in specific cases, most commonly with wisdom teeth extractions. When the tooth has to be dug out of the jawbone, surgical methods are used, but most other extractions are standard dental procedures.
In terms of pain, recovery, and healing, these aspects are also variable depending on the scope of the procedure. For example, a routine tooth extraction will usually go as follows:
You’ll make an appointment at one of three convenient Smiles Family Dental locations for the extraction. When your appointment time comes, our friendly staff will explain to you everything that’s going to be done before we do it. For most extractions, a simple local anesthetic is sufficient, delivered through an injection of Novocain.
Once you’re comfortable, we’ll remove the tooth or teeth and clean the area. If stitches are necessary, we’ll put them in and prescribe pain relievers and sometimes antibiotics to prevent infection and discomfort during healing.
Having wisdom teeth extracted is slightly different than having a routine extraction or a root canal extraction, simply because wisdom teeth extractions are oral surgery procedures. This typically means you’ll be put under anesthesia during the procedure, stitches are almost always used, and the infection risk is somewhat higher. Your oral surgeon will have additional instructions about how to resist infection.
In terms of aftercare, different extractions have different needs. If your extraction involved impacted wisdom teeth, you’ll have to follow specific instructions as far as pain medication, what foods and beverages to avoid, and when to return to have stitches removed.