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What Does a Tooth Extraction Feel Like?

July 20, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 1:30 pm
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Are you worried about needing a tooth extraction in Marietta? While removing a tooth can seem scary, there is actually no reason to stress out! If you partner with an experienced oral surgeon, you should not feel any pain or serious discomfort while getting your tooth removed. To help ease your nerves, below is a step-by-step breakdown of the extraction procedure and details on what you can expect to feel.

Types of Extractions

Tooth extractions reduce dental pain caused by damaged or infected teeth. Depending on your unique situation, your oral surgeon will recommend one of the following types of extraction:

  • Simple extraction, which is performed on teeth that are fully erupted and visible above the gum line.
  • Surgical extraction, which is recommended when a tooth is impacted or below the gums.  

The Tooth Extraction Process

Before getting started, your oral surgeon will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. This will help you remain comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure.  

If you are undergoing a simple extraction, your oral surgeon will use forceps and a tool known as a dental elevator to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches from the ligaments holding it in place.  

If your tooth is impacted, your oral surgeon will make small cuts to open the gums and reveal more of the tooth. They will then drill or break the tooth into smaller pieces and remove them one by one.

Once the tooth is out, your oral surgeon will remove any infected tissue and clean the area. In the case of a surgical extraction, they will also likely stitch up your gums. To control bleeding in the socket, your oral surgeon may put gauze in your mouth and ask you to bite down to create firm pressure.  

What You Should Feel

Here is what you can expect to feel (and hear) during your tooth extraction in Marietta:

  • 1) No pain – Local anesthesia will keep you from feeling any pain throughout the procedure. If you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, ask your oral surgeon about the possibility of using dental sedation.
  • 2) Pressure – Even though your mouth will be numb, you will still be able to feel some pressure when your tooth is being gently rocked in its socket.
  • 3) Noises – You may hear some unfamiliar noises during the extraction procedure, such as a minor snap or creak. This is perfectly normal and no cause for concern.

As you can see, there is no need to worry about pain when getting a tooth removed by a dental professional. You will remain comfortable throughout the procedure and should feel even better afterward once your damaged or infected tooth is gone!

About the Author

A highly skilled oral surgeon in Marietta, Dr. Jeff Lee completed four years of advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He regularly performs both simple and complex tooth extractions and always prioritizes patient comfort. For more information on tooth extractions, visit the Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery website or call 740-432-8768.

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