Is Tooth Extraction Painful?

January 29, 2021 Grandville Dental Health Center

Tooth extraction restorative dentistry

Let’s face it, hearing the words “tooth extraction” is anything but inviting. Generally, it is a procedure that most avoid altogether thanks to early intervention but when a tooth in question can’t be saved by any other method, it becomes a last resort option. No need to worry, our dentists are trained in making this as painless and smooth as possible.

At Grandville Dental Health Center, we want only what is best with regards to your oral health. If an initial examination of your teeth and gums as well as X-rays taken rule out less invasive forms of treatment, our dentists will prepare for a tooth extraction.

General Procedure

The process of extracting a tooth is relatively simple and straightforward. Patient comfort is first and foremost so our dentists will begin by properly numbing the area where the tooth will be removed. This way you won’t experience any noticeable discomfort.

Once the numbing is applied, our dentists can get to work and start the extraction. A tool called an “elevator” will be used to first loosen the tooth in the gum for easier removal. The dental elevator is used in all simple extractions but can prove useful in cases where the tooth is more impacted as well.

With the tooth loosened, our dentists will then utilize forceps to carefully pull the tooth out. Though you might feel slight pressure, you should not feel any pain during the procedure. If you experience pain, don’t hesitate to let us know and our dentists will apply additional anesthetic to the area.

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?

There are a few reasons why our dentists may choose for you to have a tooth extracted. For one, you may have a tooth that is exhibiting signs of decay. If that proves to be the case, it is necessary to remove it as tooth decay or damage extending into the center of the tooth can result in an infection.

Existing gum disease in advanced stages of periodontitis is another motivator to extract as there may already be gum tissue loss that has led to loose teeth. Whatever the reason for tooth extraction, our dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve good oral health with our restorative dental services.

Aftercare: What To Do & What Not To Do

Following the procedure, you will need to give your mouth, especially the affected area, time to heal. Our dentists will give you general advice on how to keep the area clean and any dental pain to a minimum but here are a few tips to remember.

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen but do not use continuously for extended periods of time.
  • Leave any gauze in place for a few hours after the procedure.
  • Apply an ice bag to your face but only for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Rest for 24 hours after the extraction and limit your overall activity.
  • Avoid the extraction site when brushing or flossing teeth.

The length of the healing process differs depending on the type of extraction and location of the tooth. If you have any issues following a tooth extraction and or experience a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Call Today

Keep up routine dental care at home and every six months to avoid tooth extraction. If necessary, however, our restorative dentists in Grandville, MI, will make sure you have a pain-free experience and are back to normal as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, call Grandville Dental Health Center at (616) 531-0360 or contact us online.

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