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.
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.
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