One of the major reasons why people fear going to see the dentist is because of the potential pain a treatment may cause. Unfortunately, many of us will have to make a trip to the dentist at some point to have the wisdom teeth extracted. There really isn’t any reason why you should be afraid of having your teeth extracted. If you think it’s better to have your teeth extracted at home, you are in the totally wrong mindset. Dentists may use all these sharp, spiky objects but they don’t cause any major pains at all. If you try and use old school teeth extraction techniques such as pulling a string that is attached to your wiggly tooth, you are in for a lot of trouble. In this article, we will explore what a teeth extraction procedure involves and reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of the so-called pain people experience when they have their teeth extracted.
In most situations, dentist use something called local anesthetics to numb any pain that may occur during the tooth extraction procedure. A dentist will use a needle to inject the anesthetic into the gum that surrounds the tooth that is about to be extracted. It is understandable that a lot of people are afraid of needles but it only takes a few seconds for the dentist to inject the numbing substance. Once the anesthetic is injected, it will take several minutes for it to take effect and you will notice. Your gum will start to feel slightly dry as the nerves and pain receptors temporarily deactivate.
A lot of people ask whether you will feel anything at all while the tooth is being extracted. The answer is yes. You will definitely feel something while the dentist use his props to extract the whole tooth from the gum. The real deal actually starts once the procedure is done. The dentist will ask you to bite into a cotton pad for a few hours in order to control the bleeding. During this period, the level of discomfort will gradually increase. Obviously, the more teeth you have pulled in one session, the more discomfort you are going to feel.
A year ago, I had three of my remaining wisdom teeth pulled out. I wouldn’t say I felt any significant pain as I was recovering from the teeth extraction procedure. Instead, I felt a mild level of discomfort for the first few days. The level of discomfort can be easily reduced by massaging the gums with something cold such as ice. The dentist may also prescribe you with some painkillers if he had to cut through the gum in order to extract the teeth.
One other thing that needs mentioning is the impacted tooth. Unfortunately, if you are having an impacted tooth extracted, it will hurt for a while longer. Impacted teeth occur when a tooth doesn’t emerge in a proper position. Hence, dentists have to find a different way to extract the tooth. Another problem that arises as a result of tooth extraction procedures is your eating behavior. Unfortunately, you’ll be stuck with eating soft foods for a few weeks as the tooth socket recovers. For example, foods such as oatmeal and porridge are great for those who had their teeth extracted in recent weeks.
If you are still worried about the pain, at least make sure you see a dentist who is trustworthy. If you don’t have a preferred choice, ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations. Dentists are all competent with these kinds of procedures. However, some dentists are a tad bit better in making sure you feel comfortable throughout the whole dental procedure.