Myths & Molars: Debunking Tooth Extraction Tall Tales

January 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — avdentalramsey @ 3:45 pm
A woman smiling after her tooth extraction site healed

Tooth extraction is often the last resort for any dentist. The procedure involves removing an infected, damaged, or unnecessary tooth from its socket. Because of the nature of the treatment, many have come to fear or revile it. These same people are often the ones who spread misconceptions through their friends and over social media leading to harmful myths.

Continue reading to learn the truth about tooth extraction and debunk some of the more common myths surrounding it.

Myth 1: Tooth Extraction Is Painful

When people talk about extraction, they probably picture a person grabbing a tooth with a pair of pliers and yanking. If this were how extraction worked, it would be painful. However, this does not reflect the reality of tooth extraction.

Advancements in anesthetics, dental techniques, and instruments have made extraction faster and virtually pain-free. Most patients say they feel pressure on the tooth, but rarely report any discomfort.

Myth 2: Extraction Causes Facial Deformities

There is a kernel of truth to some myths. While tooth extraction itself does not cause your face to change, leaving the socket empty can. There won’t be any dramatic differences, but when a tooth is missing, it can cause the jawbone underneath to deteriorate. This is a long and slow process that can slightly alter the shape of your face over time.

Myth 3: Healing After Tooth Extraction Takes Years

Rumors of this timeline have been greatly exaggerated. The fact is that most simple extractions will heal in around seven to ten days. If a tooth is larger, like a molar, it may take up to three weeks to close. Afterward, a month or so may pass before the extraction site has been filled in with new gum tissue.

Myth 4: Tooth Extraction Always Requires Surgery

While some extractions require a surgical procedure, most do not. The best example of a surgically necessary tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. These teeth are often trapped beneath the gum line or grow at strange angles, making removal difficult. In most extractions, your dentist will simply numb the area and use their instruments to gently wiggle the tooth free.

Now that you’ve seen the truth, you know that extractions aren’t as scary as some make them out to be. While losing a tooth may be disheartening, it can sometimes be necessary to ensure the health of your mouth. If you think you may need an extraction, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Sometimes removing a bad tooth is the best way to restore your smile.

About the Author

Dr. Arash Vahid is a talented and compassionate dental professional with years of experience. He enjoys getting to know his patients and serving their needs, whether that’s extracting a tooth to relieve pain, or building them a new smile with cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Vahid earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and has regularly expanded his skillset through multiple avenues of continuing education. Call (201) 962-8452 to schedule an extraction at AV Dental Associates of Ramsey LLC, or visit the website to learn more.

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