Why would I need a tooth extraction?
A tooth that has developed problems is surgically removed during a tooth extraction. It could be broken, crowding your other teeth, or erupting in the wrong place. In order to avoid pain and discomfort, extraction is your best option.
The procedure is sometimes known as “pulling teeth”. There’s no reason to fear a tooth extraction.
What are some myths about having a tooth pulled?
The following myths about the procedure are some that we frequently hear from worried patients:
1. Having a tooth pulled is painful.
The idea that tooth extractions hurt during the procedure is one of the most pervasive myths in existence. The use of anesthesia, cutting-edge technology, and the most effective dental procedures, however, has changed this, making it untrue.
2. Tooth extraction is a go-to dental procedure.
This is also incorrect. We try to avoid extracting teeth in favour of preventive, less invasive treatment methods at Markham Steeles Dental Centre, because extraction can sometimes result in dental issues (such as misalignment) or the need for additional treatments, such as tooth replacements, in the future.
Unless the tooth is severely infected, damaged, fractured or decayed beyond repair, alternatives such as a root canal are often recommended.
However, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. A couple of ways to reduce your chances of needing a tooth extraction is to practice excellent oral hygiene and to wear a mouthguard during high-impact sports and physical activities.
3. It will take a long time to recover.
Though you may envision needing to cancel commitments and move your schedule around for some time, this isn’t the case. In most cases, you should recover from the surgery within 3 to 4 days and be able to return to work or school.
However, if the extraction was complicated, some patients may take up to a week to recover. Though complete healing of the tooth socket may take 2 to 4 weeks, your mouth should be functional again within a few days. Stick to a soft-food diet and avoid smoking and strenuous physical activity, which can dislodge the blood clot.
Ask your dentist about other after-care instructions that help to promote healing, reduce pain and prevent the tooth socket from becoming infected.
4. Everyone needs their wisdom teeth pulled.
Though you may hear a lot about people between the ages of 17 and 25 needing their wisdom teeth extracted, our dentists will not always recommend it. Your wisdom teeth may emerge without causing any potential harm, pain, or damage to the rest of your teeth in some cases.
To find out whether you need your wisdom teeth removed, schedule an appointment with our Scarborough dentists.