What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is the technical term for removing teeth. Patients have a lot of questions surrounding pulling teeth, so I will answer those here. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us anytime!
Is tooth extraction difficult?
There is a common phrase used to describe something difficult which you have likely heard or possibly even used. When something is difficult or tedious you say that it is “like pulling teeth. The reality of the situation is that tooth extraction is one of the easiest things to do in dentistry.
The difficulty of the extraction depends on the dentist performing the procedure and the anatomy of the tooth being pulled. As a rule of thumb though, tooth extraction is not difficult, painful or time consuming.
Does it hurt to have a tooth pulled?
Many of our patients express some concern about having a tooth pulled. While we can’t say that having a tooth pulled is painless, the pain is very minimal when Dr. Drew does your tooth extraction. We often have patients tell us that their procedures were painless. This is due to the care that Dr. Drew takes to keep you out of pain.
There are two big factors that you should be aware of when determining how much a dental procedure will hurt. The first is the skill level of the dentist and the time they take to get you numb. The second is your ability to get numb. You read that correctly. Different people will have different abilities to get numb. It is important to communicate what you are feeling to your dentist.
What do I need to consider before getting a tooth extracted?
There are several things that you should consider before getting a tooth extraction.
Always think about the aesthetic ramifications before deciding whether or not to have a tooth extracted. You should also consider the aesthetic factor when deciding on what to do for tooth replacement.
Take note of how often you use the tooth in question. Having a missing tooth can cause people to avoid eating on one side which can cause imbalances in the jaw muscles, which can cause TMJ disorder. If it is a tooth that you use a lot (which most are), you should have a good plan for tooth replacement.
People often choose tooth extractions because they are “less expensive”than repairing the tooth. Keep in mind that if you want to replace that tooth later, it will likely be far more expensive than making the repairs in the first place. We understand that there are circumstances when this is the option that you will choose. If that is the case, make sure that you do as much as possible to preserve the bone mass in the socket so that you can keep you options open down the road.