Tooth Extraction Myths

Brunette woman smiles before a tooth extraction in Westwood, KS

A tooth extraction is sometimes necessary to preserve the overall health of your smile. If Dr. Sullivan decides you need a tooth extraction, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

To help you feel more at ease about this restorative procedure, today we’re busting 3 myths about tooth extractions.

Myth #1

“A Tooth Extraction Is Painful”

Extractions have a bad reputation for being painful. The truth is dental extractions are more comfortable than ever before thanks to modern technology.

We rely on minimally invasive methods and targeted anesthetic so the procedure runs as smoothly as possible. The whole process takes just a few minutes! Additionally, Sullivan Family Dental also offers relaxing dental sedation.

Myth #2

“It Is Always Better to Extract a Tooth Than Save It”

While some patients believe that if a tooth is badly damaged or infected it’s always better to extract, that is not the case. As a general rule, it is always better to try to save a natural tooth.

Whether you’ve broken a tooth or are experiencing severe decay and infection, our team’s first step will be to consider whether your tooth can be preserved with a filling, root canal therapy, and/or a crown. Only after we’ve ruled out alternatives for saving the tooth will we turn to extraction.

Myth #3

“Extractions Take a Long Time to Heal”

You may feel some pain and discomfort for a few days after the procedure but your body will quickly begin to heal. The best way to heal is to follow the detailed recovery instructions our team will provide. Depending on the extent of your procedure, you’ll probably be able to return to work within the week.

During your recovery, you’ll want to get plenty of rest; avoid hard and chewy foods, straws, and smoking; and gently rinse the extraction site to clean it. With proper care, your tooth socket will heal in about two weeks. At that point, we can discuss your tooth replacement options, such as a bridge, partial denture, or dental implant.

Want to Learn More Dental Truths?

To ask our team any questions about tooth extractions in Westwood, KS, or to schedule a visit to Sullivan Family Dental, contact our office today!