When it comes to tooth extraction, whether it’s the wisdom teeth, molars or incisors, there tends to be a lot of misinformation about the procedure. Most commonly, the act of having a tooth removed is met with fear and anxiety.
Here in Jacksonville Florida, we believe in the facts, and these myths do not add up. In reality, it’s a very common dental procedure that’s fairly easy on the patient. In order to give you a better understanding of what having a tooth removed is really like, we decided to dedicate this post to busting some of the most popular myths we hear when it comes to extraction. Here’s a look:
Myth 1: Having A Tooth Removed Is Very Painful
This is incredibly false. Now, that’s not to say that patients won’t feel some discomfort in the days following tooth extraction – but this can usually be easily managed with over-the-counter pain killers.
Tooth removal is easier than ever on patients these days thanks to anesthesia. In fact, the only thing that most patients feel during the procedure is the small poke of a needle to numb the area and perhaps a slight bit of pressure as the dentist works to remove the tooth. For more intensive extractions like wisdom teeth removal, patients are often sedated.
Myth 2: It Takes A Long Time To Recover From A Tooth Removal
Though there may be some bleeding and swelling, most people return to work or school a day or two following the procedure. It’s important to note that everyone’s situation is different, but the recovery is generally a very fast, smooth one.
It’s not uncommon to feel some pain or discomfort in the days that follow an extraction, but this is typically managed with over-the-counter pain medicine.
Myth 3: I Won’t Be Able To Eat Anything But Puree Foods Following An Extraction
Patients are generally able to eat whatever they want the following extraction, it’s just advised that they chew their food on the side of their mouths opposite the area that was treated. Patients can begin eating again as soon as the anesthesia has completely worn off.
While patients can typically eat whatever they choose so long as they’re careful around the extraction site, soft foods are usually recommended within the first few days of the procedure.
Myth 4: Pregnant Women Can Expect To Have At Least One Tooth Extracted For Each Child They Have
We put this one in there just because of how ridiculous it really is. This is a classic old wives’ tale.
It’s true that pregnant women go through things hormonally that may impact the bacteria present in their mouths, but so long as they stick to a good, thorough oral routine, there’s no reason to believe that they have a tooth extraction on the way because they have a baby on the way. Don’t even entertain the thought of this one!
The Truth About Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are a relatively normal procedure for us to perform at Caven Dental. Because of a variety of factors, many people throughout their lives end up having to have one or more of their teeth removed these days. That is why we strive to make the process as comforting and easy as possible so you can have a worry-free dental health life.
If you had your tooth extraction with us, we would ensure that you understand and consent to the tooth removal before proceeding. Once the procedure starts, we ensure the extraction site is sufficiently numbed by a local anesthetic, asking you before we start operation. We then carefully proceed, being careful not to damage other structures and avoiding unnecessary incisions. These procedures can go by fairly quickly because of how practiced our doctors are.
If you would like to learn more about tooth extractions at our Jacksonville Florida facility or are ready to schedule a tooth extraction, feel free to contact us by calling (904) 645-3366 so we can schedule your appointment. With our amazing team of staff and doctors, we are always happy to take on new clients to help you through your journey to a happier mouth!