4 Misconceptions About Wisdom and Teeth Extractions

Tooth extractions are fraught with misconceptions. Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or believe you have a rotten or broken tooth that needs to be removed, Terracina Surgical Arts is here to dispel some common misconceptions and explain the facts about tooth extractions!

1. Tooth Extraction Recovery Requires Months

The tooth extraction procedure may take three or four days to recuperate. While complete recovery takes a few weeks for the tooth socket to heal completely, you can resume your normal activities in four days.

Remember to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions and avoid strenuous activities such as exercising or lifting heavy objects to avoid dislodging the blood clot in your mouth. Dislodging the blood clot causes excruciating agony and needs the assistance of emergency dentists.

2. Tooth extractions are a painful procedure

This is perhaps the most common misconception concerning tooth extractions. Many individuals believe that having a tooth extracted is excruciatingly painful and takes a long time. This isn’t the case at all. Modern dentists employ less invasive extraction techniques and sophisticated anesthetics to keep patients comfortable throughout the procedure.

After fully numbing the region, Dr. Punjabi simply loosens the tooth using a tool called an elevator to remove it. You won’t even feel the extraction! The tooth is then pulled out of its socket using sophisticated dental forceps. The whole thing normally just takes a few minutes, so it’ll be over before you know it. After the tooth is extracted, there may be some pain and discomfort, but this can be managed with prescribed medicines.

3. Wisdom teeth extraction is required for everyone

Most people believe wisdom teeth should always be extracted, although this isn’t necessarily essential as long as they grow properly and in the correct location. Wisdom teeth should only be pulled if they are causing you discomfort or if they are interfering with your other teeth, causing everything to shift.

The damage that wisdom teeth removal might cause should be minimized. Of course, you can predict this by having your wisdom teeth examined to see how they will develop. If it appears that your bite will be harmed, tooth extraction is required.

4. Only teenagers need wisdom teeth removed

The majority of people don’t finish developing their wisdom teeth until they’re in their twenties, which is far into adulthood. That isn’t to suggest that some people won’t require theirs to be removed sooner. Many teenagers, especially those with braces and jaw crowding, will require their wisdom teeth removed.

Adults, on the other hand, are far more inclined to dismiss the pain and discomfort produced by wisdom teeth — or to blame it on something else completely – since they feel it is exclusively a problem for teenagers.

Ignoring the arrival of wisdom teeth can be dangerous. If left untreated, they can result in cavities, misaligned teeth, headaches, tissue degeneration, and more!

But What Should You Do If You Get The Extraction?

You should brush your teeth as usual, but avoid chewing on the extracted tooth until it completely heals. During the first few days after your surgery, you should swish warm water with a teaspoon of salt to clean the extraction site. If you have several teeth extracted, your dentist is probably going to talk to you about general anesthesia. This is recommended for more complicated procedures involving multiple teeth.

It is important to take prescribed medicines or over-the-counter medicines to reduce swelling and relieve pain. To minimize bleeding, you should elevate your head while sleeping to avoid excessive pressure on the extraction site, and, of course, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene.

You don’t have to go through all of this on your own, make sure you have a certified professional like Dr. Punjabi on your side. You will be getting only the best out of this experience. Contact us for more information