If the thought of having your teeth pulled conjures up images of chipmunk cheeks, bandages, and writhing in pain, you might be surprised to know that it’s really not so bad. Thanks to modern dental techniques and advanced medicine, wisdom teeth extraction is a painless procedure that often leaves you far better off than before you came in for treatment.
At Signature Smiles, we take every opportunity to ensure the comfort of our patients at our two locations in Irving and Richardson, Texas. If you need to have your wisdom teeth pulled, rest assured, you’re in good hands. To underscore this, we’ve pulled together some information to help curb your anxiety about tooth extraction.
The end game
The odds are, you need to have your wisdom teeth pulled because they’re coming in incorrectly, they’re crowding your existing teeth, or they’re impacted. In each of these cases, your wisdom teeth may be causing you considerable discomfort, if not downright pain. So, instead of thinking of extraction as a cause of pain, think of it more as a salvation from pain.
If coming to one of our offices for a routine filling makes you break out into a sweat, we’ve got you covered when it comes to your extraction. Dr. Naren Mikkilineni provides FDA-approved sedation options to help keep you calm and relaxed, and even put you to sleep. Between local anesthetics, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or IV medications, you won’t feel a thing during your procedure.
Our offices are equipped with advanced imaging systems that allow Dr. Mikkilineni to thoroughly review your teeth from all angles before the procedure. When it comes time to remove your tooth, the doctor knows precisely what needs to be removed, and how to eliminate or minimize any disruption to your surrounding teeth or gums.
After your extraction, our team makes sure you are prepared for your at-home care and provides you with thorough instructions that will help speed up your healing. For the first few days after the extraction, you may feel some discomfort, and Dr. Mikkilineni will prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter options.
You’ll also have to take care not to disturb the extraction site, but this is easily done by simply following our detailed after-care instructions. If, at any point, you have a question or concern, we’re always available to take your call.
In your head
If you’re still not convinced that tooth extraction isn’t as bad as you think, despite the evidence to the contrary, there are many ways to overcome your anxiety and dread. Talk to a friend who’s had a tooth pulled. You’re likely to find that most people simply shrug and say it was a fairly routine process. Try out some deep relaxation and breathing techniques that will serve you well during your procedure. Bring along some earphones so you can listen to music or get swept away in an audio book.
We hear it often once we’re done: “Well, that wasn’t as bad as I expected.” We know it’s easy for us to say, but we promise that a lot of your anxiety is rooted in the thought of the extraction and not the actual procedure. Besides, by having your wisdom teeth pulled, you’re preventing future problems and pain.
If you’d like to learn more about our wisdom teeth extraction services, please call us at Signature Smiles, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment at one of our two locations in Irving and Richardson, Texas.