Recently, I had a back tooth that was chipped. It was very weird because the back tooth chipped when I took a bite of Papa John’s pizza. One would not expect a tooth to chip from pizza which is extremely soft. As soon as it chipped, I felt the piece of tooth in my mouth. When it happened, it did not hurt at all. In fact, the tooth was one that had never caused me any trouble or pain. Why did part of it chip off?
I immediately called and texted a few friends. My good friend, Dr. Jason Gladwell told me to quickly see a dentist as a chip tooth could expose the root of the tooth which would cause excruciating pain. With this knowledge, I made an appointment to go to my local dentist. The dentist said that the tooth would either need a dental crown or would need to be extracted. The dental office was very transparent and explained that a crown would be expensive. The tooth extraction route would be more affordable but, obviously, I would no longer have the tooth.
Upon further examination, it was determined there was no functional use of the back tooth. My bite was one in which my back teeth did not touch. This made the decision very easy. Instead of heavily researching the best Raleigh tooth extraction dentist I took the advice of my family dentist and scheduled to have the tooth pulled. Interestingly, they scheduled me to have a cavity filled prior to getting the tooth pulled.
The day before my cavity was scheduled to be pulled I had an intense pain in the tooth that was chipped. It was unbearable. I called the dentist and asked if we could have the tooth pulled rather than filling the cavity. The dental office said that was perfectly fine.
What a Tooth Extraction Feels Like
I will skip all the details about getting into the dentist’s chair. We all know how that goes. The dentist used anesthesia on the inside and outside of my gums. For those that have never had this done, the dentist uses a needle to prick the corner of your cheek and your jawline. It hearts for about five seconds and it may tingle a little bit while he shakes the needle to get the anesthesia to go in your gums. After that, he has to wait about 15-20 minutes for your gums, jaw and cheek to go numb.
I later learned that dental offices charge per 15 minutes when using anesthesia. There is quite the cost of getting anesthesia because you will want to make certain your mouth is number before he goes in there and starts pulling on a tooth. I cannot imagine having a tooth extracted or pulled prior to anesthesia.
After 20 minutes, the dentist came back in and let me know I would hear some crunching and would likely feel a pull around my nose. Remember, he is basically pulling a bone out of your body that is attached to your face. For about 10 minutes I heard crunching and grinding as the tooth broke into many pieces. Honestly, it did not hurt at all, it just felt very weird. It basically felt like someone was trying to pull my nose out of my mouth. A little bit of a claustrophobic feeling.
It took about 25 minutes for the tooth to be full extracted from my mouth. I had no idea when it was completely out as it was broken so many times. Each time they pulled more pieces of bone out of my mouth, I was left wondering how much more was still there. Remember, I could feel nothing so I had no idea what part of the tooth was still attached, in my mouth.
Once it was completed, the dentist put a huge gauze pad in the back of my mouth where my tooth was. He told me not to rub it with my tongue for several hours. I was also asked to keep gauze in my mouth until I went to sleep that night. When I went to sleep I was to switch the gauze pad.
It took about 24-48 hours until I was able to take all the gauze out and actually feel the area with my tongue. When I first did this, it was extremely weird. A part of me was gone. I would consistently feel the other side of my mouth with my tongue to compare the side in which the tooth was gone. Remember, I didn’t get a crown or a dental implant. There was simply an open space in the back of my mouth.
Fortunately, this is not a space that comes into use. In fact, if the same tooth on the other side of my mouth were to ever chip or need a crown, I may consider getting that one pulled as well. As far as eating, I notice no difference at all.
The one thing I will mention is it took about a week or two before I could floss again. I use a WaterPik and I wasn’t about to go anywhere near that spot with the WaterPik until I was 100% confident I would cause it to bleed or open up the wound.
I have no idea what my gums look like after the tooth was pulled and I don’t want to know. The few pictures I have seen of mouths that are full of cavities or bad teeth are quite disgusting so I cannot imagine what my gums look like after the tooth has been removed.
If you are thinking about getting a tooth extraction, know that it does not hurt, it just feels weird. Also note that you are going to have to pay for anesthesia based on the 15 minute period. Opt for a period that is long enough to get you completely numb and to get the tooth out of your mouth. You do not want to be halfway through the surgery only to find that you start feeling pain again.