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Do Tooth Extractions Really Hurt?

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Not if the dentist takes proper careMany people get anxious at the mere thought of visiting a dentist. You can imagine what a tooth extraction can do to them. Most of the fears surrounding dental treatments are based on myths and misconceptions. In this post, we will try to give you a clear picture of what to expect from a tooth extraction procedure.

Why you may need a tooth extraction?

While your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes a tooth extraction becomes necessary. Some of the common reasons why you may need to have a tooth pulled out include

Damage from decay or trauma

Severe infection

Periodontal or gum disease

Risk of infection

Crowded mouth

What does the procedure involve?

The tooth extraction process begins with your dentist giving local anesthesia to numb the tooth and its surrounding gum tissue. The dentist will then gently loosen the tooth and lift it from its socket. If the tooth has broken off or is badly decayed, the dentist might have to make incisions in the gum line to access the tooth.The tooth is removed and the socket is disinfected. The dentist may also place a bone graft to prevent bone loss in the jaw. In the end, the dentist places stitches to aid healing.All this might sound very painful but in reality, you just might not feel anything during the procedure thanks to the anesthesia that you receive.

Local anesthesia

Your dentist will apply a numbing substance to the gums near the tooth that is to be extracted.They will then administer a local anesthetic, via an injection near the extraction site. After you receive local anesthesia, you will not feel any pain but you will still have some sensation. It is normally used in the case of a simple extraction. The patient is fully awake during the procedure.

Sedation anesthesia

In complicated cases, sedation anesthesia might be used. There are different types of sedation that might be used to make the procedure completely pain-free.

The dentist would use one of the three options:

Nitrous oxide or the laughing gas: It is a gas inhaled through a nosepiece or mask and is used when a light level of sedation is needed.

Oral conscious sedation: It is usually given in pill form about an hour before the appointment.This type of sedation is often used in combination with other types of sedation such as intra venous sedation or nitrous oxide.

Intravenous sedation: This is commonly used for people with a high level of anxiety or those undergoing a lengthy dental procedure. The medication is delivered directly to the bloodstream via an IV line. IV sedation offers a deeper level of sedation.With sedation anesthesia, you are awake but your consciousness is suppressed. If you receive nitrous oxide sedation, you can drive back home on your own. If you receive oral or intravenous sedation, you will need someone to drive you back home.

General anesthesia

In special situations, general anesthesia might be used. With general anesthesia, you will be fully asleep and lose your consciousness. It is administered by IV in the arm or by inhalation through the nose. There is no pain or memory of the procedure

Pain after the tooth extraction procedure

After the procedure, the dentist will recommend an Over-The-Counter pain reliever to help manage pain or discomfort. Depending on how complex the surgery was, the dentist may prescribe more powerful painkillers. The dentist will also give self-care tips such as rest, ice-pack, rinsing the mouth with salt water, and eating soft foods.In short, the dentist will make sure that you suffer no pain during or after the tooth extraction procedure. Moreover, a tooth extraction is done only when it is absolutely necessary. There are various other dental procedures available that can treat the problem and save the tooth.

We are just one click away if you are looking for an expert dental practice for your tooth extraction. Our team will ensure that you feel comfortable during the process.

 

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