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Many people panic at the thought of a tooth extraction. It’s not even losing a tooth that is always so concerning, but the fear of the pain associated with the procedure. Fortunately, there are options to help provide a painless tooth extraction for many.  

How is a Tooth Extraction Painless?

Before the dentist extracts a tooth, they will take x-rays to understand exactly what is going on with the tooth. This allows them to assess the underlying bond structures and the root of the tooth. Having this information is important so they can plan the best way to remove the tooth. Once the dentist develops a plan, they can administer an appropriate sedation option. This can help ease anxiety, as well as reduce or eliminate the pain associated with the procedure. They have several options available including “laughing gas” to reduce anxiety and anesthesia numb the area. Once the area around the tooth is numb, the tooth can be extracted without pain. This entire procedure typically takes about an hour per tooth. Since the dentist will be using sedation dentistry, you will need someone else to drive you to and from the dental clinic.  

Aftercare for Tooth Extractions

After the extraction has been completed, you may be given prescription medications to help manage the pain. The dentist will discuss the best pain management strategy for you and may also recommend some over the counter medications to help reduce pain. Aftercare is important to avoid complications and improve the healing process. Dentists typically recommend eating soft or liquid foods for about a day following the procedure. You will also need to avoid putting pressure, eating or brushing the extraction site for a few days. It should only take a few days for it to heal completely.

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