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4 Myths Around Having a Tooth Pulled

The idea of getting a tooth extracted at your dentist's office might be daunting, but there are several myths surrounding the procedure that contribute to the fear around it. Our dentists located in Woodbridge are here to dispel these 4 major myths around having your tooth pulled.

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction involves the surgical removal of a problematic tooth that may be damaged, causing discomfort, crowding other teeth, or growing in an improper position. This procedure, commonly referred to as "pulling teeth," is nothing to fear. 

What are some myths about having a tooth pulled?

Here are 4 myths about the tooth extraction procedure that we often hear from concerned patients:

1. Having a tooth pulled is painful.

One of the common misconceptions regarding tooth extraction is the belief that it will be a painful procedure. However, this is no longer the case due to the use of anesthesia, advanced technology, and modern dental techniques. You may feel some tenderness or discomfort following the procedure, but this is normal to the healing process.

Dentists prioritize minimizing pain and discomfort, ensuring a comfortable experience for patients undergoing tooth extraction.

2. Tooth extraction is a go-to dental procedure.

This is also untrue. At dentalhouse Woodbridge 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.

Nevertheless, there are instances where a tooth extraction becomes necessary. However, you can take measures to lower the likelihood of needing one. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene and wearing a mouthguard during high-impact sports and physical activities are two effective ways to reduce the chances of requiring a tooth extraction.

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 is not typically necessary. In most cases, recovery from tooth extraction surgery takes approximately 3 to 4 days, allowing you to resume work or school.

However, if the extraction was complex, some patients may require up to a week to fully recover. Although complete healing of the tooth socket may take 2 to 4 weeks, your mouth should regain functionality within those initial few days.

To expedite the healing process, stick to a diet of soft foods and refrain from smoking or engaging in strenuous physical activity, which could dislodge the blood clot in the healing socket.

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, 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 Woodbridge dentists.

If you suspect you might need your tooth pulled, contact our Woodbridge dentists today!

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