There may be a time during a dental visit when your dentist will have no choice but to remove a tooth. While this may sound painful, the procedure is designed to prevent you from experiencing much, if any pain at all.
However, in order for tooth removal to be successful, your dentist will have to follow a procedure in order to safely remove a tooth.
Examples Of When Teeth Need To Be Removed
A dentist may remove a tooth for the following reasons:
- If you have a wisdom tooth that is growing but has little room to properly develop, it may be removed.
- Removal maybe the only option if you have an infected tooth and a root canal is not possible.
- If you have a broken or cracked tooth that cannot be properly repaired, it may be removed.
- Gum disease that has caused a tooth to loosen will be one more reason a dentist may opt for removal.
- If you are being fitted for braces and removing a tooth will provide the room required for the rest of your teeth to be properly straightened.
Basic Procedure For Removing A Tooth
1. The anesthetic
If you’ve wondered “does getting a tooth pulled hurt?” then this step should put several of your fears to rest.
Before a dentist can proceed with tooth removal, the tooth and gum surrounding it needs to be numbed. This is accomplished with the application of a local anesthetic. After it is in place for about five minutes the tooth and surrounding area should be numb. The anesthetic is applied usually by injection. In order for the anesthetic to properly take effect, it may take up to an additional ten minutes so there is no rush in completing this step.
2. Loosening the tooth
Once the tooth and surrounding gum are numb, the dentist will slowly work at releasing the tooth from your jaw.
If you ever wiggled a loose tooth out as a child, you will be familiar with this step as the process is similar. Your dentist will wiggle the tooth free. The only thing you should feel at this point is a slight pressure build up as the tooth is worked free. It will not be painful as the area around the tooth will be numb.
3. Removing the tooth
As the tooth becomes loose the pressure build up will release and the tooth will come out of its socket. Your jaw may be tired from having to keep your mouth open for the time it took for this procedure to take place.
Your dentist will put some gauze over the now empty socket in your gum and you will be able to bite down on it to hold the gauze in place. After finishing up, you will be able to go home.
4. Post-procedure care
Your dentist will instruct you to rest for the balance of the day and avoid any vigorous activities. For the first few days following the removal of a tooth you will be expected to not smoke and to only gently rinse your mouth with warm salty water to promote healing.
After the numbing effect leaves the area of the removed tooth you may experience some pain which can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers (not aspirin).
So, Does Getting A Tooth Pulled Hurt?
If your dentist has properly numbed the area of the tooth to be removed, there should be little if any pain felt during the procedure. It is a similar situation when asking…Does The Dentist Drill Hurt? All precautions are taken by your dentist and the dental staff to make any procedure you have a good experience, by making you feel as comfortable as possible.
The goal of your dentist is to make the removal of a tooth as painless as possible so that you will not fear any future visits to your local dental office.