Dental Tips Blog

Sep
14

Does it Hurt to Get Teeth Extracted?

Whether it’s a wisdom tooth or abscessed one, you want to know what getting an extraction feels like before it happens.

Happily, it won’t be anywhere near as bad as you may have expected.

The Area is Completely Numb

Thanks to local anesthetic, you won’t experience any pain. The injection may pinch a little bit at first, but within a few minutes you’ll be so numb that nothing should bother you.

Your dentist will wait until he or she is 100% sure that you’re numb before starting to remove your tooth.

Pressure, Not Pain

As the tooth extraction gets underway, you will feel something. But this isn’t pain – it’s pressure. The dentist has to apply a bit of force to loosen the ligaments around the tooth root and separate it from the bone.

You may feel a bit anxious about experiencing the pressure. But if you’re numb from the anesthesia, then no, you won’t be feeling any pain.

Dentist’s Reassurance

Your dentist or oral surgeon doesn’t want your tooth extraction to hurt, either!

You’ll feel better after you talk with your dentist and express your concerns. He or she will establish a signal that you can use to calmly ask him or her to stop if something doesn’t feel right. This is often just something like raising your left hand. This will put your mind at ease knowing you’re in control, and help you relax.

Post-Procedural Pain Prevention

Your jaw will likely be sore once the anesthesia wears off. Your dentist may recommend that you take some over the counter pain relief medication to limit swelling and discomfort before they set in.

Find out how you can prepare for a tooth extraction by contacting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Sep
27

Is It Normal for Wisdom Teeth to Come in Crooked?

You’ve been keeping track of those pesky third molars for months.

Maybe it’s too soon to tell, but it looks like those wisdom teeth are peeking through the gums at a tilt.

Is it unusual for these teeth to come in unevenly? If they do, will that mean they have to be pulled?

Wisdom Teeth Eruption Pattern

Wisdom teeth are not part of everybody’s smile. Some people only get one or two, others get all four, and a lucky few have none, at all.

A dentist can detect wisdom teeth on x-rays taken in mid-childhood. But the teeth won’t make an appearance in your mouth until around 17-21 years of age.

No one knows for sure exactly why so many wisdom teeth erupt at odd angles. It seems that it may have something genetically to do with jaw size, since some people’s jaws allow enough space for third molars to fully come in while others do not.

Dangers of Wisdom Teeth

Crooked wisdom teeth are prone to developing tooth decay and gum disease. This is because their awkward positioning makes it hard to keep them clean.

The danger doesn’t stop there, however.

Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough space to erupt in a straight line jeopardize other teeth in the mouth. They can put pressure on them and cause alignment issues. A crooked wisdom tooth below the gum line can even damage other tooth roots.

Should You Extract Your Third Molars?

Most dentists agree that it’s simpler to be proactive and extract misaligned wisdom teeth before they have the chance to cause trouble.

Find out where your third molars are at (if you have them) by scheduling a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon.

Posted on behalf of:
Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists
481 Garrisonville Rd. Suite 103
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 322-1808

Aug
21

5 Reasons to Pull a Tooth

Having a tooth pulled is probably the last thing in the world you would want to have done. And believe it or not, it is not a favorite for your dentist either, even though it is probably one of the most common procedures to have done at the dentist’s office, next to fillings.

Dentists don’t like to do teeth extractions because it is seen as a last resort. Once an adult tooth is gone, it is gone for good.

People need to have their teeth pulled for many reasons, but here are the five most common:

1. Tooth decay – If much of the tooth is gone and the decay is starting to eat away at the root of the tooth, and the tooth can’t be saved by a root canal, the dentist will opt to remove it.  Otherwise, the decay will start to spread to adjacent teeth. If a tooth has reached this point, the patient is also likely to be in a great amount of pain.

2. Overcrowding – As permanent teeth come in, the teeth sometimes grow on top of each other, or the baby teeth remain intact and blocking development of the new tooth. In this situation, the dentist will remove the tooth to promote healthy growth.

3. Impacted wisdom teeth – Wisdom teeth generally come in sometime during your late teens or early adulthood. When there isn’t enough room for them in the far back of the mouth, they can be blocked inside the gums, which can become very painful. The only way to relieve the pain is to extract the wisdom teeth.

4. Periodontal disease – In the advanced stages of gum disease, teeth can become loose. Sometimes, the dentist will opt to remove the tooth.

5. Risk of infection – If your immune system is in a weakened state due to disease such as cancer, an infected tooth could seriously compromise the health of the patient. To lessen that risk, your dentist or doctor might recommend the tooth be pulled.

Posted on behalf of Park South Dentistry

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