What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction
Saturday June 30, 2018 by Melissa Brown, DDS
If you have a tooth extraction coming up, you’re probably a little nervous, especially if this is your first time having a tooth pulled. To help you feel more at ease with the procedure, we want to give you a good idea of what you can expect so when the “big day” arrives, you’re cool as a cucumber. Read on to learn what occurs during a typical tooth extraction.
What Can I Expect During the Extraction Process?
The extraction process is actually a fairly quick and easy one. First, we’ll give you a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, so you don’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. If your tooth is impacted—or you’re having several teeth removed—you may also receive a general anesthetic to make you sleep during the procedure.
Once you’re anesthetized, we’ll pull the tooth. We may then place gauze into the empty socket and have you bite down to stop bleeding or in some cases, we might use stitches to close the gum up.
That’s it! After we’ve performed the extraction and stopped the bleeding, you’ll be ready to head home.
How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take?
If you’re just having one tooth extracted, the entire process can be completed in 20-40 minutes. However, if you’re having multiple teeth extracted, expect to spend a little more time in our office. Each additional tooth will take another 3-15 minutes of appointment time, depending on its location.
Will I Experience Pain During the Extraction?
No. Because the nerve fibers that transmit pain signals will be anesthetized, you won’t experience pain. You will, however, experience the sensation of pressure. At times, you may even experience a lot of pressure.
Although this feeling of pressure shouldn’t cause you to feel discomfort, we mention it here because the more you know exactly what you can expect, the easier it will be for you to feel relaxed during the procedure.
Is There Anything Else I Should Know About Having an Extraction?
Yes, you should be aware that you will hear loud noises during the procedure. Many patients find this to be the most unpleasant part of the process. If you have headphones, we suggest bringing them with you, so you can listen to music while your tooth is being extracted.
You should also plan to follow our extraction aftercare instructions so you heal quickly and don’t develop an infection.
What If I Need an Emergency Extraction?
Most patients who require emergency extractions head straight to the ER. However, hospitals will usually just give patients pain medication and refer them back to their dentist, because they’re not equipped for that kind of work.
Many dentists, in turn, have to refer patients who need emergency extractions to an oral surgeon. Fortunately, that’s not the case here at Murray Hill Dental. We do have an oral and maxillofacial surgeon on staff, Dr. Park, who can assess your case and perform an emergency extraction, if necessary.
Speaking of our esteemed dental staff, are you due for a dentist appointment? If so, you can schedule your visit using our appointment request form.
Alternatively, you can call us. To reach our N. Murray Hill Road office servicing the Western Columbus area, please contact 614.878.1188. To schedule an appointment at our Northern location in Westerville, call 614.890.5022. We’re pleased to offer evening office hours for your convenience.