What Can I Expect During a Tooth Extraction?

Dentists often need to pull teeth for a variety of reasons, from overcrowding to advanced periodontal disease, the placement of dental implants, and beyond. However, while the procedure is ultimately beneficial, getting one or multiple teeth pulled can certainly be a nerve-wracking experience. Even the thought of the procedure alone leads some patients to experience high amounts of stress and anxiety. However, having performed countless extractions over the years, we’ve come to understand that one of the most important aspects of any treatment is preparation and mindset. With that in mind, here’s a brief overview of what you can expect during a tooth extraction procedure:

1. We start by numbing your teeth and the surrounding nerves/bone to make the process as painless as possible. While you might feel a small poke, it’s quick and temporary.

2. Next, we’ll start with the extraction procedure. Our goal is to expand the socket of your tooth so that we can remove it from the ligament that holds it in place. At this time, we’ll apply the correct amount of pressure, using a forceps and dental elevator to give us enough expansion and room. You’ll feel the pressure being applied as we rock the tooth back and forth, but won’t feel any pain. Depending on factors that arise during the procedure, such as impaction, we may need to cut around the tooth or break it into small pieces to accomplish the full extraction.

3. When the tooth extraction is complete, a blood clot will form and we’ll place stitches and gauze in the socket where the tooth used to be. The vast majority of patients heal well without any problems. However, in some cases, the blood clot breaks open and your jawbone is exposed, which results in pain. This problem is commonly known as a dry socket and requires another appointment to fix.

One of the more ominous parts of the procedure is the cracking that you’ll hear. Don’t be alarmed as this is all part of the process. Your teeth are held firmly in your mouth by strong bones and ligaments, so there’s bound to be a little noise when pressure is applied and a tooth is removed.

It’s important to have a complete and thorough examination before a tooth extraction so that a dentist can examine your entire health history and come up with the best overall treatment plan.

If you have any questions about tooth extraction or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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