Debunking Five Common Myths About Tooth Extractions

Debunking Five Common Myths About Tooth Extractions

Nov 01, 2020

Believing in some myths about tooth removal can affect your oral health. If you have badly decayed, broken, or impacted, you might need a tooth extraction procedure. However, if you leave the tooth on the jaw, you might be at risk of developing gum infections and sometimes bone loss.

Tooth removal is a dental procedure that aims to extract teeth that impact negatively on your oral health.  However, a tooth removal procedure is only necessary if there is no other restorative dental treatment applicable. Below are some of the reasons why you would need a tooth removal procedure:

  • Teeth crowding
  • Abnormal eruption or development of a tooth
  • Impacted wisdom tooth
  • Gum infection
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Dental trauma or injury

Myths About Tooth Extractions

The main reason why some people would rather live with a badly damaged tooth or opt for home-based tooth removal techniques are myths about tooth extraction. Most patients get misguiding information from their friends or sometimes read somewhere.

However, most of the information that keeps you from receiving treatment, such as tooth removal includes lies and assumptions.  Below are some of the myths:

A Tooth Removal Procedure Is Painful

Pain can scare anyone from getting essential treatment services. Ironically, many people would rather stand the agony of a toothache than get a tooth removal procedure. Now the information is far from the truth.

Using general or local anesthesia, depending on the number of teeth you need to undergo an extraction, you are not likely to feel pain. The local anesthesia numbs the area around the site of tooth removal. Therefore, you might feel your dentist working on your mouth, but no pain at all.

Recovery Takes a Long Time

Another myth about tooth removal is that it takes a long time to recover after the procedure. However, that’s not true. The recovery period after any dental procedure depends on the measures you take to enhance it.

Most patients recover from dental surgery, such as an extraction within a week, depending on the number of teeth removed. However, if you keep disturbing the socket, you might affect your recovery.

Our dentist in Pompano Beach recommends the following to enhance fast recovery:

  • Avoid sucking on drinks to keep the blood clots intact
  • Use an ice pack to reduce swelling
  • Don’t smoke since tobacco affects recovery
  • Eat soft foods during the first days
  • Brush your teeth, leaving out the socket, and rinse your mouth using an antiseptic mouthwash

Tooth Removal Is the Only Option

When you have a decayed, broken, cracked tooth, removing it is not the only option as some people perceive. There are other restorative dental procedures such as crowns that can help save your smile and improve your bite.

Therefore, you should visit your dentist for a consultation. At our dental office, Dr. Fabrizio Amador examines your teeth and recommends the best dental treatment option for your teeth, depending on your condition.

You Are Past Your Prime

Most people believe they can’t have their teeth extracted, especially wisdom teeth, at an old age. The truth is you can undergo a tooth removal procedure even past your prime years. However, if your wisdom teeth don’t affect your oral health, you don’t need to have them removed.

You can consider getting a tooth removal if your tooth is infected, broken, or growing in the wrong angle.

You Must Have Wisdom Teeth Removal

Sometimes wisdom teeth might be impacted. Most people believe that they should have wisdom teeth removal if they are impacted. However, that’s not true.

If your wisdom teeth don’t affect your oral health negatively, you don’t need a tooth removal.


If you fear going to the dentist’s office for tooth removal, you don’t have to worry anymore. Your dentist will use the available techniques to prevent pain and make you feel relaxed at the dental office. Apart from anesthesia, your dentist can use sedation dentistry techniques to make you feel more comfortable with the tooth removal procedure.

Also, tooth extraction is not the only answer to all dental problems. Therefore, you should consult your dentist to advise you on the best treatment option for your tooth. At Amador Dentistry, we will only recommend an extraction if there is no other treatment best for your condition,

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