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4 Myths Around Having a Tooth Pulled

Having a tooth removed is one of the largest fears for many patients and the horror stories from others don't make it easier. Today, our Lethbridge dentists talk about why tooth extractions are necessary and some of the myths you may hear about having a tooth pulled.

What are some reasons to have a tooth extraction?

When a tooth has lost too much mass, died or just generally has too many issues then the dentist may recommend having it removed or extracted. It may be damaged, crowding the other teeth in your mouth or erupting improperly. These issues can cause excessive pain and no other option than to have the tooth removed.

The procedure is sometimes known as “pulling teeth” and while that sounds horrible, there is no reason to be afraid of the procedure.

The Common Myths About Having a Tooth Pulled

Here are some of the myths that have been passed down the grapevine regarding tooth extractions:

1. It is painful to have a tooth extraction.

One of the most pervasive misconceptions around tooth extraction is that you’ll feel pain during the procedure. However, this is no longer true as anesthesia, modern technology and best-in-practice dental techniques are used to minimize pain.

2. Tooth removal is the only option in many cases.

This is also untrue. At Ivory Dental, we try to avoid extracting teeth in favour of preventive, more non-invasive treatment methods, since extraction can sometimes result in dental issues (such as misalignment) or needing more 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 are to practice excellent oral hygiene and to wear a mouthguard during high-impact sports and physical activities.

3. Recovery usually takes a long time.

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, some patients take up to a week to recover if the extraction was complex. Though complete healing of the tooth socket may take 2 to 4 weeks, your mouth should be functional again within those few days. To speed recovery, stick to a diet of soft foods and avoid smoking, or performing 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. Every single person must have their wisdom teeth removed.

Though you may hear a lot about people between the ages of 17 and 25 needing their wisdom teeth extracted, there are instances where our dentists will not recommend the procedure. In some cases, your wisdom teeth may emerge without causing potential harm, pain or damage to the rest of your teeth.

To find out whether you need your wisdom teeth removed, schedule an appointment with our Lethbridge dentists.

Are you experiencing painful symptoms that may indicate the need for a tooth extraction? Our Lethbridge dentists are here to help evaluate your teeth and determine the best course of action.

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