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How long does a tooth extraction take?
Over the last two weeks, after a piece of filling dropped out, my tooth has become increasingly painful – coming and going in waves. Being dental phobic – I approached my dentist (after six years) He took a quick look at my tooth and said – basically, I had two choices – root canal work or extraction. He seemed hurried and said I had only ten minutes to make my mind up (I had taken a cancellation appointment). He said root canal work had no guarantee on this tooth, and extraction may not be straightforward. He suggested referal to a local NHS specialist clinic that offered sedation. However he said I might have to wait several weeks for an appointment. I felt, frankly, he was in a hurry to get rid of me. I am not keen on sedation – don’t like feeling out of control in any way. In the meantime I have approached another private dentist who – according to their website – offer a very supportive service to people like myself. I am on antibiotics (which I had to ask my original dentist for) and he has applied some temporary filling to protect the tooth a bit from eating and drinking etc. I am booked in to see the new dentist next week – my question is – typically how long does a tooth extraction take? Ive read and heard about a few horror stories. My husband had a tooth extraction a few weeks ago and has tried to reassure me by saying ‘ it was done in moments’ and then the pain is gone. Are most extractions straightforward and quick? The tooth that needs to come out is on the bottom at the side – the third tooth from the left hand front one (you can tell I’m not a dentist!)
Im glad you didn’t give in to being rushed .
Perhaps the new dentist could offer you some form of oral sedation to take before the extraction appointment ?
Extractions do vary in difficulty depending on several factors . Its usually very quick , but sometimes a dentist doesn’t really know till they actually do the procedure how long it will take .
The main thing is to be well numbed , expect no pain , but you will feel some pressure .
People do love to tell you their horror stories , but the majority of extractions are straightforward and pain free .
tell the dentist how you are feeling and do ask about sedative options to help with your anxiety .Hopefully if its private their should be more time to discuss things