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Most people get afraid of getting their teeth extracted because of the pain. But there are times when there is no option other than a tooth extraction. However, those who have not gone through the extraction procedure often wonder about the process and want to know if tooth extraction hurts. Tooth extraction does hurt, but let’s explore how a dentist can help the patient to manage the pain.

Kinds of Anesthesia

Though tooth extraction can hurt, the modern dentistry has made it easy by using anesthesia.
The following are the types that a dentist can use to make the procedure painless.

Local Anesthesia

It involves first numbing the area around the tooth that needs to be extracted. The dentist then gives local anesthesia using an injection. After getting it, the patient can still feel the movement and the pressure. However, the patient does not feel any pain. The best part of local anesthesia is that the patients stay awake.

Sedation Anesthesia

It can be given through laughing gas or a tablet for minimal sedation. This keeps the patient conscious but a patient may feel a bit drowsy.

For moderate sedation, the dentist gives the medicine using an IV in the arm. The IV sedation makes the patient unconscious, and the person can hardly recall anything of the procedure. In any case, the dentist also gives local anesthesia to numb the area and to relieve the pain.

General Anesthesia

Special situations demand the need for general anesthesia. The simple procedure involves inhaling the anesthesia through the nose, or it can be injected by IV in the arm. There can be situations where the dentist uses both. This makes a person completely unconscious and asleep. The patients have no memory of the procedure and experience no pain during the extraction.

Reasons for Pulling Teeth

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:

A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontia. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is no room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.

Infection. If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp — the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels — bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.

Risk of infection. If your immune system is compromised (for example, if you are receiving chemotherapy or are having an organ transplant), even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to pull the tooth.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease. If periodontal disease — an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth — has caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to pull the tooth or teeth.

No matter whatever the condition of a tooth is, Rely Dental can manage all. However, the dentists suggest tooth extraction aftercare, which the patient should follow carefully and wait for the healing time to get over. So call us today to get an appointment.


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