Stress-Free Dental Extractions in Wolcott, CT
Dental extractions can cause anxiety for some patients, as they are one of the more invasive procedures within dentistry. We do everything we can to make our dental extraction treatments as easy and stress-free as possible because we believe patients should have pleasant experiences at the dentist regardless of the treatment they’re receiving. If you would like to schedule a tooth extraction consultation with our team, please get in touch with our front office, and we will be happy to set it up for you!Get in Touch
Why would I need a tooth pulled?
There are a few reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. Sometimes teeth cause misalignment issues, which means that a tooth extraction may be the best treatment to add to your orthodontic plan. If it’s not removed, these teeth can crowd other teeth and damage them, which can cause pain for the patient as well. Teeth are also removed when they have been damaged by tooth decay or dental trauma to the point where it is a better idea to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental restoration. If a tooth has received multiple fillings or root canals and there is not enough healthy tooth structure left, we may recommend a dental extraction.
Do tooth extractions hurt?
One of the first things we will do at the beginning of your visit is inject a local anesthetic into the gums near the tooth that is being extracted. This will completely numb the area and make the entire procedure painless. After your treatment, you will want to take pain medication for at least a day or two to ensure that you don’t feel any pain or soreness from the extraction. We also recommend having an ice pack or two on hand, and you should only eat soft foods for a few days while your gums are healing. You will also want to avoid drinking anything through a straw during this time, as that can cause a painful complication called a dry socket.
When can I go back to school or work?
The recovery time for a dental extraction varies from patient to patient, and it will likely take longer if you are having multiple teeth removed. We generally recommend that patients take at least two or three days off from their normal routines to rest and recover after their tooth extraction treatment. Participating in sports or other physical activities should also be postponed during this time, as getting your heart rate up can cause the blood clot in your socket to come loose, which can be very painful and disrupt the healing process. Our team will be happy to go over what you can expect during your recovery process at your next appointment with us.