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What’s My Dentist Trying to Pull? Some Common Misconceptions About Tooth Extractions

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — indianapolisteam @ 1:32 am

If your dentist has recommended a tooth extraction, you might be understandably nervous. While many people have had teeth removed for reasons like infection, injury, or crowding, there are many misconceptions about what it is like to undergo an extraction. Here are a few myths about tooth extraction as well as the truths behind them so you can feel a little more comfortable about the procedure.

The First Falsehood: Tooth Extractions Are Miserably Painful

The most common misconception about tooth extractions is that they are horribly painful. While this may have been the case in the early ages of dentistry, dentists today use advanced anesthetics and minimally invasive techniques to help remove teeth with as little stress as possible. The whole extraction process will be painless, and your dentist will prescribe pain management medication to help reduce any discomfort during the healing process.

The Second Falsehood: Healing After a Tooth Extraction Takes a Long Time

It will take about a week or two for an empty socket to heal after tooth extraction, but most patients report feeling pain or discomfort only for the first few days after the procedure. Following all aftercare instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon will help you recover as quickly as possible.

The Third Falsehood: Everyone Will Eventually Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed

While wisdom tooth removal was much more routine in the past, some people will never require that these molars be pulled. While many people will need their wisdom teeth taken out to prevent infection, injury, and chronic pain, other patients who have enough space to accommodate theirs can keep them comfortably.

The Fourth Falsehood: Damaged or Infected Teeth Always Must Be Extracted

Severe tooth decay can cause someone a lot of severe pain, but it doesn’t always mean a tooth needs to be removed. While many teeth are removed because of injuries or infections, dentists can often save a compromised tooth with treatments like a root canal and a dental crown.

Your dentist will only recommend a tooth extraction if they have a good reason and believe it is the best course of action. Knowing what having a tooth removed entails can relieve a lot of anxiety about the process.

About the Practice

Indianapolis Family Dentistry serves the community of Indianapolis, IN with the finest dental health care available. Led by Drs. Mark M. Farthing and Armin M. Tepner, the staff ensures each patient receives personalized treatment in a friendly and welcoming environment. Areas of expertise include preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry as well as tooth extraction services. For more information on what it’s like to have a tooth extracted, contact the office online or dial (317) 898-3384.

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