Many people around the world are terrified of visiting a dentist. When it comes to tooth extractions, it’s often one of the most dreaded procedures for many people. However, this fear is mostly due to the many misconceptions and myths surrounding this procedure.
Despite common belief, extractions are somewhat painless; uncomfortable at best.
Just like most dental procedures, a tooth extraction is many times a necessary step toward removing oral discomfort and improving oral hygiene.
Here are a few myths about tooth extraction that you need to know about, in order to ease the procedure for yourself, should you need one.
Myth 1: Extractions are a dentist’s first course of action
FALSE. This was a standard procedure as a first course of action many decades ago, and is not reverted to until and unless a dentist absolutely needs to remove a tooth. With the advancement in medicinal and dental practices as well as technology, this procedure is no longer the first choice of a good dentist.
Many dentists will simply take care of the problem and try to repair the tooth without removing it. Extractions are only considered as a last resort and only if the tooth is deemed irreparable due to breakage, decay or in cases of severe overcrowding of the teeth.
Myth 2: Having a tooth pulled out means there will be a gap in your teeth…FOREVER!
FALSE. You might be worried about a gaping hole in your otherwise perfectly beautiful smile, but don’t.
For patients who need extractions, most dentists will also refer a dental implant which can replace the natural tooth by filling in the space. The implant is placed under the gums as a crown attached to a metal post and helps restore the function and form of your teeth.
Myth 3: Extractions are the worst, because they are extremely painful!
FALSE. Just like the myth about extractions being the first course of action, painful extractions too are a thing of the past.
With better dental practices also came the availability of various kinds of anesthetic techniques, which numb the area where the tooth is to be extracted from. We, at Waterfront Family Dentistry, are happy to discuss these treatments and options with our patients, to eliminate any discomfort or anxiety during the procedure.
Myth 4: If you’ve got an erupting wisdom tooth, it’s got to go!
FALSE. Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth to be removed.
Wisdom tooth removal is only a recommended procedure for those experiencing extreme overcrowding, pain, swelling or the possibility of a developing infection underneath their gums. If you’re between the ages of 15 and 25, you should ideally visit your family dentist for regular x-rays which can help track the growth of your wisdom tooth. This can help you and your dentist identify if and when an extraction is required.
If you’re on the lookout for a good family dentist who can provide excellent and professional dental services in Frisco, Waterfront Family Dentistry is the place for you. For details, appointments and more information, call us at 972-987-4343.