I had a tooth extracted and it’s been nothing but a disaster. First, it took the dentist twelve shots of Novocain to get me numb enough for the procedure. That was fun. Then, a few days later a bone spur appeared. This took the dentist over 30 minutes to remove. Now, a week after everything, this ridge has appeared with something sharp sticking out. I sort of don’t know how good my dentist is at this point and am just wondering if this is a normal part of the healing process or should I be concerned?
Let’s start with the problem of getting numb. There are two possibilities for why it took so many shots of Novocaine to get you numb. The first is that your dentist missed many times, possible but unlikely. The second is that you had some dental anxiety. Many dentists still haven’t recognized the connection between dental anxiety and the ability for the anesthetic to work. The higher your anxiety, the more it burns off the medication. If you had trouble getting numb at first, that would only increase the anxiety, making it even harder to numb you.
I am going to suggest for your next appointment that requires anything other than a cleaning and checkup that you ask him or her to use dental sedation. If they don’t offer that this will not be the best dentist for you. In that case, do an internet search for a sedation dentist and go there. You will need some pain free experiences under your belt again before you will be able to get numbed quickly.
As for the sharp ridge that has appeared. This is actually quite normal. When your tooth is removed, those sharp edges are already there. You don’t notice it then because your gums are swollen and covering it. As the swelling goes down and the gums recede from the extraction it becomes more obvious. Your dentist can easily smooth it over or clip it. Again, though, I’d ask for some form of sedation.
One other thing. When a tooth is removed, it really does need to be replaced. If you don’t, the other teeth can shift or tip into the spot, which will throw off your bite. A misaligned bite is one of the causes of TMJ disorder and that is not something you will want to mess around with. The best tooth replacement is a dental implant, so I’d look at that first.
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