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I have just gotten braces today, and the dentist said i need to get my tooth pulled. Can anyone help me?

Asked by xboxfan (110points) March 10th, 2010

Does getting your teeth pulled out hurt? PLease help!!!

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unique's avatar

get a second opinion.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

It doesn’t hurt. They give you the good stuff that takes all the pain away and does this to you. You will hardly feel a thing, no need to worry.

Jude's avatar

Your teeth are most likely crowding and with the extraction(s) your teeth can move into their proper positions. They’ll freeze you up. You’ll be okay.

xboxfan's avatar

@ All, I am asking if it will hurt

Jude's avatar

@xboxfan They’ll freeze you up, so, you won’t feel anything during the extraction. Your mouth might be a bit sore, afterward, though, so, take an ibuprofen or Tylenol for the swelling.

kitchensink's avatar

i got 9 teeth removed when i got braces as a kid. it sucked, but absolutely necessary because my jaw was too small for all my teeth. i found that it did hurt sometimes when a tooth got taken out, but what really sucked was the recovery period. it always hurt afterward. they have to put in bloody gauze in your mouth, put you on painkillers, etc. but if you need to get the tooth out, you need to do it. i would just try to milk as much sympathy as possible from everyone else to get more xbox games for yourself :-)

TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@xboxfan It might hurt a little…but sometimes a little pain is worth the results. The pain that you will have from getting the braces and your routine adjustments are going to hurt more than the tooth pulling (which isnt all that bad)

CMaz's avatar

“Can anyone help me?”
String to door other end to tooth. Have fun. :-)

Actually. I liked having my teeth pulled. Wisdom teeth only. All others are great.

deni's avatar

What tooth is it?

deni's avatar

ps @ChazMaz youre a freak

lilikoi's avatar

First, I don’t think it will be just one tooth because of the symmetry of the mouth. It will probably be at least two, and typically is four (2 on top, 2 on bottom).

They will most likely give you local anesthesia and you won’t feel a thing, except for the needle which I’ve been told really isn’t a big deal at all. They’ll probably give you something for pain to take home with you and use after the anesthesia wears off. I had four wisdom teeth out all at once, which I’ve been told is more painful and complex than taking any other teeth out for a number of reasons. I was sedated and don’t even remember the surgery (they will likely not want to risk sedation on your teeth, though – there is a small chance you won’t wake up). Afterwards, I let the anesthesia wear off (I was curious), and it HURT LIKE A BITCH. It made my eyes well up with tears because it stung so bad. I took Vicodin for the rest of the weekend and was fine. I am amazed by how Vicodin totally blocks the pain sensation. You’ll be fine.

One thing you should consider is rapid palatal expansion (RPE for short). Instead of pulling your perfectly good teeth out, they non-surgically separate the two halves of your upper jaw and let bone fill in the space. I’ve read it has to be surgically done in adults to work, but know from personal experience this is not true! I’m still trying to get to the bottom of the discrepancy. I had pretty bad crowding on the bottom – I talked to two orthodontists and both said RPE wouldn’t work for me and that extraction was a must. Well, I had RPE and my teeth are straight (I am a couple months away from getting braces off). I am planning on trying to see one of the two orthos that said it was not possible to let her do a “peer review” of my ortho’s work.

I’m not sure if it is easier or less painful to go the RPE route. Instead of a single incident of serious pain, you have mild discomfort over a long period of time. The expansion appliance gave me a mild speech impediment since it obstructed the natural path of my tongue for a few months (which I figured was trivial since I plan to live 80 more years). For me, it was a combination of curiosity (of whether or not it would really work), practicality (not seeing any reason to waste 4 perfectly good teeth), and aesthetic (when you have 4 teeth pulled due to crowding and a narrow jaw, your smile may have dark gaps on the side [compare this to this].

There is only one orthodontist in my state that does RPE on adults. One of the other 2 orthos I saw said each ortho has their own method that they are comfortable with, and thus prefers to go with that. My ortho said he doesn’t always do RPE, in a few cases extraction really is necessary. What it sounds like to me is that most dentists don’t get training in RPE and therefore only know how to extract four teeth to straighten. To me, an orthodontist worth paying is well versed in all methods that work and knows when to apply each one.

figbash's avatar

@lilikoi pretty much nailed it. I’m highly suspicious of any ortho/oral surgeon that would suggest only one tooth – and the fact that they would do it after your brackets have been put on…?

I have braces and had to have teeth pulled. It’s not the worst experience in the world. You just don’t feel it if they’ve numbed you up. It’s inconvenient for a day or two, it’s sore and requires a lot of maintenance. Lay low, watch some movies and take pain killers. You’ll be fine.

In the meantime, I’d have serious concerns about your orthodontist’s treatment plan and would ask a lot more questions.

davidbetterman's avatar

The worst pain is after the Lidocaine wears off. Be sure to get a script for some Tylenol 3’s for later, just in case.

Arisztid's avatar

@xboxfan Why did the dentist say this after giving you braces? I would think that s/he would have pulled the tooth before started the braces.

The only extractions I have had were having my wisdom teeth dug out of my gums via surgery and that hurt after the general anesthetic wore off but that is not the same thing.

I have known lots of people who have had extractions who are living normally, albeit cautious of hurting it or causing a dry socket, the same day.

Xboxfan did not say why the dentist is recommending extraction. It may not have anything to do with the orthodontics. If it is for orthodontics, I wonder why it would only be one too.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Having a tooth pulled “in the chair” (while seated in the chair at the dentist’s office under local anesthetic) may be “uncomfortable,” depending on your tolerance for people working intensely in your mouth while you’re conscious. That is, there will be a local numbing of the gums for a Novocaine shot (probably), the shot itself, which looks intimidating but won’t hurt a bit, and the pressure related to the dentist securing a grip on the tooth with his extraction tool, and then leveraging that tooth off others in your mouth (probably) to extract it.

After the extraction there may be some soreness for a day or two (I’ve had several extractions and never had soreness, but I know that some people will), and there may be some bleeding from the empty socket for a day or two. The socket will be stitched, and your tongue will find and “work” that stitching, which may also be uncomfortable for several days, until the stitching is removed or falls out on its own.

The empty socket will be tender for up to a week or so, so you’ll be advised to watch what you chew (and how) and may also be advised to forgo hot or cold foods for a certain time.

Generally, when I’ve had teeth pulled, there’s more discomfort before it happens than there is afterward.

On the other hand, when I had my braces installed over 40 years ago, I had 6 teeth taken out at one time, and that was done in a hospital as an “inpatient” (overnight stay) and under a general anesthetic. My mouth hurt like bloody hell for a week, and the braces themselves for the next two years were worse.

Good luck with all of this.

xboxfan's avatar

@ All. All I need to know is if i need to be worried and scared

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@xboxfan if it helps for you to be “worried and scared”, then by all means do that. Personally, it’s never helped me to deal with things very well, but maybe that’s just me and another of my quirks.

xboxfan's avatar

@ All. Thank you soo much for helping me…. I will just see what will happen… Wish me luck. =)

Finley's avatar

(1) they take a gel and rub it on the gum where your tooth being pulled is to numb the place where they stick the numbing shot (2) they stick the huge long numbing needle in you but you only feel a little pressure because of the numb gel (3) now one side of your mouth should be completely numb, like marshmellows (4) they take like pliar things and just keep twisting the tooth out .. twisting, twisting.. then its out. (5) for the rest of day your mouth will be full of gauzes (most of the gauzes should be catching your spit, the bleeding should stop.. you will be DROOLING ALL OVER THE PLACE)
the end.

xboxfan's avatar

@Finley you said, (2) they stick a huge long numbing needle…. Is it really huge and long?

Finley's avatar

@xboxfan yeah it is – definitely not the little flu shot you are used to but there is no way they stick it in without the numbing gel- you should only feel a slight sting and some pressure. The reason it’s long is the needle has to go deep in the gums to penetrate and spread so not just one area is numb, most of your mouth is (to be safe). And after your teeth are pulled DO NOT bite your lip or gums because you think its funny you can’t feel them. I was biting my lips and gums and they began to bleed.. then the numbness wore off… ouch. The needle is this long (mine was at least)

Finley's avatar

no wait.. this long

the needle, not including the tube.

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