As people age, it’s common to have one tooth or multiple teeth extracted for various reasons. Thankfully, Dr. Strandburg and his team are incredibly skilled and have extensive experience regarding tooth extraction procedures.
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Consider the following myths about tooth extraction:
Tooth Extraction Myth #1: Having a tooth extracted is very painful.
Before you have a tooth pulled, Dr. Strandburg will numb the tooth and the surrounding area. This will take away any sharp pain that is associated with an extraction. You will feel some pressure as force is applied to the tooth, but again, no pain should be felt. You may feel minimal discomfort for the next 24-48 hours after the procedure, but Dr. Strandburg will give you very clear post-operative instructions to help you recover quickly.
Tooth Extraction Myth #2: I will always have a gap in my teeth after the extraction.
Fortunately, there are many different options to replace a tooth once it is extracted. Dr. Strandburg will discuss the best option for your particular case. These options include dental implants, bridges, and full or partial dentures.
Tooth Extraction Myth #3: If the tooth starts bothering me, I’ll just have it pulled and leave a space there.
While there are legitimate reasons a tooth needs to be extracted (ex. non-restorable tooth, impacted wisdom tooth, trauma, overcrowding), there are some negative ramifications to removing a tooth that can be saved or replaced. You can lose chewing efficiency and cause more stress on the remaining teeth leading to their early loss. The adjacent teeth can drift and the opposing teeth can continue to erupt. This can lead to root exposure causing these teeth to be more sensitive and more prone to decay. This may also lead to limited space to place an implant or bridge if too much time has elapsed after the extraction.
Thankfully, there are ways you can keep your teeth strong and healthy! Make sure you brush and floss your teeth daily. Avoid opening things with your teeth and consuming sugary drinks. Additionally, if you grind your teeth at night, consider buying a mouth guard.